Dear Miss Snark,
Post Crapometer, I inserted my (much improved) hook into a query letter and sent it out to ten agents. Agent A responded quite promptly with a request for my full. I was VERY excited. I sent the full out a tenth of a second later. I remain VERY excited.
But what am I to do if Agent B requests my partial/full? Can I send it to her? No discussion of Exclusive Look v. Non-exclusive Look ever occurred with Agent A, so I have no idea what’s okay with him. I want to act in way that is both nice and professional. I don’t want to piss anyone off. What do you advise?
Send your ms, full or partial, to everyone who asks. If an agent asks for an exclusive (boo! hiss!) you explain other people are reading it and you'll be glad to send it if s/he would like to read it knowing that.
If you get asked for an exclusive, it's up to you, but do make sure there's a time window clearly understood and it's SHORT. I don't give more than a week to EDITORS who have cash in their reticules, so you shouldn't be giving agents much more than that.
I've said it before, I'll say it again: