Author Topic: Any way to single out agents who want to see query only -- and no sample pages?  (Read 1081 times)

Offline Munley

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I'm thinking of submitting only to agents who specifically say don't send sample pages.


But I don't know if there's a way to find them just by a QT search. Of course, I'd still have to read the guidelines, as usual to see if they've changed their minds, as with any information about any agent. But I'd like to narrow the list down first.

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Hi Munley,
Sorry, QT can't do that. It is something I've always wanted to add though. It's just such a huge task that I always found something more important to work on. But maybe it's time. But, if I do decide to tackle it, it will take months to collect all the data and put it in a database so it is searchable. So I won't promise anything soon.

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Yes, it would be a big job. Just thought I'd ask if it was available already. Thanks for responding.

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Patrick:

When you seek information updating agents' QT pages, is there some sort of form you use routinely?

Something with check-boxes or whatever?

If so, couldn't you add a question asking them to check submission preferences:

____ Query only

____ Query and sample pages  (keeping it broad, not asking how many pages they want)

I remember a time I asked about adding "and not" to agent searches, so that authors, when compiling a list of agents to query, could rule out agents who represent certain genres.

Somewhere along the line "and not" became an option. Still hoping for a short-cut way to identify agents who want the query only.

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Munley,
I don't send out questionnaires. I tried something like that in the past, but not enough agents replied to make it worthwhile. Often it would sit in their inboxes which, as all querying authors know, can get extremely full and take months to hear back.  Instead, I manually collect the information direct from agent's websites and social media accounts.

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Munley,
I don't send out questionnaires. I tried something like that in the past, but not enough agents replied to make it worthwhile. Often it would sit in their inboxes which, as all querying authors know, can get extremely full and take months to hear back.  Instead, I manually collect the information direct from agent's websites and social media accounts.

I can see why questionnaires aren't worth the trouble then.