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Hi all,

I'm waiting to hear back on a few fulls out with agents for my MG, and I have a new PB that I'll be ready to query before long. The agents who are reading my MG aren't actively looking for PBs, but should I query them with the new ms first since they are already reading my work? Wait to hear back on the MG? Query PG agents and MG agents separately?  I'd like to avoid  :hiding because of  :mail :rejection :explode if I can.

Thanks so much!

#1 - August 19, 2013, 12:20 PM

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Many MG agents aren't actively looking for PBs, but if they take you on as an MG client, they are likely to also sub PBs for you.  Depends on the agent. You could look up their sales to see if any of their existing clients have sold PBs with them.

I'd wait to do anything with your PB until you hear on your MG.  If you get to the discussion stage with any of those MG agents, you can ask if they'd be willing to also rep your PBs. I wouldn't start separately querying your PB.  Most PB agents will want to see 3-4 PB manuscripts anyway.  And if your goal is to lead with your MG, I'd focus on that first.

That said, there are agents out there that do both MG and PB equally, if that's what you want. I do know some MG agents do PBs as a courtesy, but not necessarily b/c they feel passionately about PBs compared to the others.

Ultimately, I think you'll have an easier time finding an agent to pick up your MG than just PBs. But in either case, if you want to do both, that's a discussion to have with interested MG agents when you reach that stage.

Curious to hear what others think.

Good luck!

#2 - August 19, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Thanks so much, Kellie! I hope to have my group of PBs ready to go by the end of the year, so the timing should be perfect.  :thankyou
#3 - August 19, 2013, 12:36 PM

I think you should wait and see what happens, especially since you say they aren't actively looking for pb's. If they're interested, you can discuss your pb project.

I don't think there should be any need to query pb and mg agents separately. Unless you primarily write pb's. Then you might want to focus on agents who are on the lookout for them. But anyway, I think you should wait and see what kind of reaction you get here.

And as Kellie said, when you sub pb's, agents like to see several so that's something to keep in mind.
#4 - August 19, 2013, 12:43 PM

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Thanks, Diana!

Once again, I'm so grateful for the blue boarders!
#5 - August 19, 2013, 01:23 PM

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I think you're going to want an agent who reps both MG and PB, or one who will agree to rep PBs for their novelist clients who write them.

I would not query the PB now, because, as others have said, an interested agent is apt to get back to you and ask for several more. I'd have several polished and ready before I query any.

I agree that you're likely to get an agent for MG more easily. Here's what I'd do: I'd wait on PBs for now. If I got any offers on the MG, I'd ask about willingness to handle PBs in the phone calls, and their answers would be a major factor in the final choice. If they'd all say no to repping PBs, or you don't get any offers from this batch, I'd probably send out my next batch of queries to agents who clearly handle both, or who say they will for existing novelist clients.   :goodluck
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