Hi, Miss Snark, I know you've answered (many) questions about exclusives before, so I hope you won't mind one more. (Please?) An agent requested a 3-week exclusive on my manuscript. Since so few agents have requested my manuscript, I agreed to the exclusive and sent it off yesterday. This morning, though, another agent sent me an email requesting the first 3 chapters on a "temporary exclusive." What is THAT?!! (And why "temporary" and not permanent, indelible . . .?! I am at the bottom of the slush pile here, what kind of trick are these agents pulling on me?!) Either way, do I tell her that the manuscript is being seen on an exclusive basis elsewhere for the next 3 weeks, but that when I hear back, I will send it to her? Doesn't this imply that I'm waiting for a rejection from the other agent -- and hence, probably from her, too? And by letting her know that someone else has it on an exclusive, are the odds in my favor that she will tell me to forget it, I'm burnt toast and she could care less? As you can see, the bottom of the slush pile is getting to me . . .
Well, only because Miss Snark has already taken a beating for being mean to poor little old writers this week will she refrain from pulling out the Nitwit Cape and tying it around your neck.
What did Miss Snark tell you about exclusives? Quick, no looking at the Snarkives.
Yes! That's right....
And they really stink when you think only one person is going to ask, and you send it off, hoping Miss Snark will NEVER find out...and then lo and behold the Slush Pile Imp sends you a second request. I guarantee you that a third is arriving shortly.
Now, since you've been (a nitwit) NOT SnarklySmart about this, yes you have to write to Agent B and fess up that your great masterpiece is currently in the hands of the competition. And then you send it to her on day 21 after you sent off the first one to Agent A.
And I have no idea what a temporary exclusive is unless it means time specific. Always be clear how long an exclusive lasts if you ignore Miss Snark and agree to one. Open ended exclusives don't just stink..they cause the death of small defenseless forest animals every single time you grant one. Bambi is on YOUR conscience now!