4.20.2006

Querying Multiple Agents in an Agency

Dear Miss Snark,

Recently we at the Trident Media Group have been plagued by authors who send queries to multiple agents here at the same time WITHOUT TELLING US. I know you had a discussion recently about sending to a different agent within the agency once one had rejected you, but this is a whole different ball of wax. Snarklings should know that this is a DEFINITE no-no, and at Trident, anyway, results in an automatic rejection. Do not send to more than one agent at a time at a particular agency!!!! The public needs to know—will you tell them? We’re all getting quite irritated over here.




Yup.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ignore this post, fellow writers! I know for a fact Trident would prefer you submit to every agent. In fact, submit two or three copies of your entire manuscript to each one. You want to make sure it gets read, after all. They'll surely be quite impressed with your dedication. They like pink paper scented with lavender, too. Don't bother Mr. Miller, though. He's not reading at the moment.

And ignore all those posts below me who claim I'm trying to tip the odds in my favor. They're all jealous, uh, ex-boyfriends. Yeah, that's it.

Anonymous said...

Okay. But just send me the rejection already so I can be on to the next one.

The Beautiful Schoolmarm said...

I'm pretty sure it says that on their website. More people who can't read or follow directions.

Dave Kuzminski said...

Sounds entirely reasonable to P&E. We'll post a note about that at our site.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should post a version of this on their Web site. It's certainly clear. Maybe it would make the over zealous think twice.

Trident's Web site reads: "Please send your query letter to one of our agents."

Anonymous said...

I noted that the Donald Maas Agency addresses that on their website. If you aren't writing to ONE specific agent, you are to address your query to Donald Maas and that will be taken as a "toss it into the hat", or whatever.

I don't know if this cuts down on this particular behavior, but it might help some of us neurotic writers to calm down and just toss that query into the pool rather than trying to find the "right one."

Anonymous said...

What about a very nice agent at Trident referring me to another agent there, and then, after several polite attempts, never hearing back from the second agent at all? I guess the second one wasn't interested, but it would have been nice to hear back from him, after a legitimate referral.

Anonymous said...

Yeah - well it might help us poor slobs on this end if you agents over at Trident actually responded to the queries you invite.

I hate wasting anyone's time, including mine. I research agentquery.com and websites - I query only agents "actively seeking" in my genre according to thier exact specs (email or snail/sase). If I don't hear back within 2 months I move on, and I then I just might query another agent at the same agency.

It would also be nice for agents to respond to REQESTED partials and full manuscripts. A simple "no thanks" is all I need. But that seems to be too much too ask for lately as well.

To be fair, the smaller and solo agencies seem to be much more on top of the whole query thing than their cohorts at the bigs - my experience anyway.


That felt good.

I need a cigarette.

Anonymous said...

And yet, and yet...this is precisely how I found my agent! Like a dumbass, I sent to five agents in one house. I just didn't know protocol. (wasn't reading Miss Snark then) I guess they were talking about me at the water cooler. After two email reprimands from offended agents, I had a manuscript request from in house and that agent represents me now. Don't think she ever knew about the multiple submissions, though!

Anonymous said...

Some amateur writer's board is probably encouraging newbie writers to query all the agents within an agency.

Anonymous said...

at the risk of being nitwit of the day -- does this include querying two agents at the same agency with two different novels?

Feisty said...

Well, that's really dumb. No wonder they're annoyed.

Anonymous said...

Then they should change their webpage and encourage their agents to respond to queries that follow their guidelines. Then we'd all be a little less irritated.

Anonymous said...

Just visited the Trident Media Group webpage. There is nothing that says you can ONLY submit to one agent, only that submissions need to be addressed to one (I read that as "a specific") agent.

Now, is the problem the shotgun approach of querying? (This suggests that the author is not paying attention to the specifics of what an agent wants.) Or is there a policy that you can only query ONE agent at the agency period? (Or just one at a time. That is not clear, though it would make sense you would do it one at a time for many reasons. If one agent rejects you, is it implied that the agency is saying no?)

If these issues are cleared up, maybe this problem would be. Err, maybe not, I think Miss Snark's blog if full of nitwittery on the heels of her fine exposition.

Hmm, another pesky work verification today. Let's see if my decoding glasses are working.

jta said...

The poor darlings... Maybe it would be better not to bother them at all?

Anonymous said...

The problem is that within an agency, agents do not want to compete with each other over a project. That would lead to a lot of dischord. As for listing it on the website, well, perhaps, but it does seem rather obvious...

Anonymous said...

I e-queried Trident 4 months ago after reading that a particular agent was actively seeking my kind of work. Nary a word from them since, "the poor darlings" (nods to jta).

I did not take this to heart since: 1) five great agents did ask for the full or partial, and 2)I understand that sending no response to an e-query is the current protocol if the agent is not interested.

Which is why I'm especially grateful to the many agents who took the time to send me a brief, kind, polite rejection to my e-query - in spite of the current rude protocol of not responding at all.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Trident and my agent takes fantastic care of me.

If they're not responding to every query, maybe it's because they want to devote more time to the clients they already have?