I'm a nobody - the lowest of the low - unpublished without any citable credentials. But my query is pulling - in a short time I've put out 29 partials and ten have turned into requests for full.
Now my dilemma - I have a request for a partial from a big time agency. A-list agency with a lot of experience selling novels similar to mine. I don't want to get into specifics, but not only does this agency ask for exclusivity, the period of exclusivity requested is open-ended.
I don't want to miss out on the opportunity of having my stuff considered by them, and I think I have two choices:
a- Send the pages without mention to the exclusive thing and let them think what they want.
b- Send the pages with a letter explaining the status of the manuscript at the other agencies and hope they read it anyway.
I lean toward a.
What do you think?
I think exclusives stink.
I think open ended exclusives are insanity.
I think lying smells bad too.
I'd write back and say "yes you are the cat's pajamas and yes I want you to fall in love with my work and think I'm the best client you've seen since Nixon discovered the joys of chasing commies, and I don't want to start what I hope will be a long and profitable relationship with you by telling lies of either omission or commission".
Chances are they will work it out with you.
If they won't, you'll at least know where they think you are on the food chain, and we can all hum O! Planktonian at the next school of fish reunion.