You may have fielded this one before, Your Snarkliness, but should we mention the fact that this is our third/eighth/twentieth novel in our query to agents?I used to think agents wanted to discover phenoms, so I was all about "oooh publish my debut novel," but have recently given that up because hey! agents are people too and deserve the straight dope. Back to the question: Does copping to the manuscripts under the bed make you more credible in the eyes of an agent?
Don't even mention them.
Don't even think of mentioning them.
Don't even remember you have them.
Put them away for a rainy day, and when it rains...put the boxes out in the rain and pray for a flood.