I have a collection of essays -- some funny, some not, all previously unpublished. I am about to begin querying agents.
1. Is it possible/stupid/ill-advised to write in my query that I am interested both in hocking them individually and as a collection?
2. Is that a given?
3.Or is it best to just query an agent with simply a "collection of creative nonfiction" ... Period? And leave out all the qualifiers.
Well, first you're not hocking these unless you have a pawnbroker at the ready. If you do, let me know cause I too have some unpublished essays and a fondness for cold hard cash.
Here are the answers:
1. Not stupid, but not needed.
Should this query be leaping over my transom into the slushpile, I'd be interested in it as an entire collection. Once I sold that, I'd hawk the individual essays to magazines for first serial rights. I think it's easier to get mag eds to look if you can lead with "collection forthcoming from BrilliantAndSavvy Publisher".