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Dear Miss Snark,
Many of the "top" agencies say on their websites that they do not accept unsolicited materials. For example, ICM says that it has "a policy that neither it nor any of its agents or other employees shall accept or consider any unsolicited material, ideas or suggestions of any nature whatsoever ("Unsolicited Materials".)" My question is this: do query letters count as "unsolicited material"? Because if one includes a synopsis in the letter, then that's one's creative idea, unsolicited, right? Or is it just the actual manuscript that they want to avoid receiving? (I understand about the lawsuit possibilities.)
Forgive me if you've covered this topic before; I'e been an avid reader for a while now, and can't remember seeing this particular question addressed.
Wow. I just clicked on ICM's website and it would be hard to imagine a less welcoming place.
That leads me to think that ICM isn't exactly looking for authors the way the rest of us do. I could be wrong but that notice sure is discouraging.
Then I surfed over to Publishers Marketplace and cross referenced ICM. There are definately some agents over there making mid size and smaller deals. Those agents must get their clients somewhere.
I know one author specifically who queried Esther Newberg without invitation, and she signed him and sold the book.
Maybe it's like entering a cloistered order: you have to ask three times before they let you in.