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Author Topic: How Many Manuscripts Ready to Go?  (Read 240 times)
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« on: December 22, 2017, 06:49:04 AM »

When querying an agent (as a pb writer), approximately how many pb prepared manuscripts are expected of me by the agent? Or how many would it be best, realistically, to have ready to present if an agent inquires following my query.

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 07:01:15 AM »

Ideally they want you to query one at a time. In the real world, with agents taking six months to review fulls, you may have more than that.

While querying I had two ready to go at the same time and one I was working on (because of the six month thing, plus an R&R). When I got on the phone with agents, I'd mention the second one that was ready and say I was currently writing another.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 03:38:37 PM »

Thank you for the response. I was planning to only query one manuscript at a time. Regarding the additional manuscripts to have in case, would it be frowned upon (in your opinion) if one of them were the sequel to the manuscript I am querying (rather than it being another original manuscript)?
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 07:41:50 AM »

the only caution against it is that sometimes an agent will feel like you shouldn't "waste your time" writing a sequel if the first isn't under contract. But since you could in theory self-publish both with a rapid release strategy if you didn't end up going traditional, I wouldn't worry about it.
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 11:28:29 AM »

Thanks again for your help!
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2017, 07:54:32 AM »

So for PBs they do expect you to have a portfolio of PBs ready to go (though yes, you would only query one) so if they're interested in the one, when they call you up and ask you about your other PBs, you're ready with other ones that are good to go, too.

At my MFA, at least one PB agent said she expected around 10 PBs for any author that she signed. If it were me, I'd have at least 5 in my portfolio to talk to any agent about if they were to call.

If your PB "sequel" is more like part of a series (say, SKIPPY JONES, etc) then I think that's probably okay to have one or two of those in your PB portfolio as long as you have a nice selection of other PBs that are not related to the series.
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2017, 09:51:11 AM »

What is a PB?
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2017, 11:22:11 AM »

Thank you for the insight; that is really helpful.
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2017, 04:17:12 PM »

What is a PB?

Picture book.
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