After sending a query only, an agent has now requested a proposal and sample chapter. I don't have a sample chapter. I am an established author with three previously published books (well, two published and one forthcoming), all somewhat related to the topic of the new book I am proposing. Should I send a writing sample from one of my other works so that the agent can get a sense of my writing style? Can I send the proposal only? Or must I send a sample chapter if I have hopes of finding representation?
Advice most welcome.
This stuff drives me to distraction. I have a client who's doing this to me now: "I've published X books, surely they know I can write this one". Well, maybe.
Here's the deal. It's easy easy easy to say no. The editor can say no, the acquisition committee can say no, everyone from Adam the receptionist to Zelda the armory keeper can say no and derail your project.
Why make it easy for them by NOT doing what they want?
People get caught up in "I shouldn't have to do this, I've published before I'm a known quantity.".
That makes me think of the stories about film actors who wanted roles so much they auditioned for them...even when they were known actors, award winning actors.
The difference between making a deal and not is sometimes as simple as just giving them what they ask for, and doing it very very well.
Yes it's a pain in the ass. Welcome to the real world.