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QUESTION: Hello:
I spotted one agency that seems to handle the type of book I have written, but on the website it states it only wants exclusive submissions (query letters). I have already submitted queries to others. Should I not consider this agency because of this?

ANSWER: Hi, Demetrius!  Frankly, in your place, I'd query all the agents who allow simultaneous submissions FIRST. Once you've expended those, without success, then move on to those who want an exclusive. Although, it does seem rather odd that they'd want an exclusive at the query stage. Usually that's reserved for when they're looking at the full manuscript. Are you positive you read the guidelines correctly?

If so, then I'd hold off on them, but wouldn't discount them altogether. Just wait until you have the time to wait. Some agencies can take MONTHS, and that's not fair to you to take it out of the marketplace until they get around to looking at it.

Hope that helps!

Cathy

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QUESTION: Cathy:
They did say send query first at top of page, at bottom of page it reads : "PLEASE NOTE:
We only consider material submitted to us exclusively and will respond within one month" So does this mean they want to consider the full manuscript when sent to them?

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Okay, it does appear they want an exclusive query. But they're also giving a time limit of one month. That's not horrible. It just means that if you choose to query this agency, it'll have to be AFTER you get responses back on your current crop of queries. Then you can't submit to anyone else until a) after they respond, or b) 32 days after they receive the query (I'd use Delivery Confirmation at the post office so they don't have to sign for the query, but you know they received it.)

Hope that helps!

Cathy

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

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I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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