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Offline clutzattack

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Thinking too far ahead?
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:11:28 PM »
I found a literary agent that I think would be a possible match for my current novel. However, she also seems like she'd be a good match for my WIP--in an slightly different genre. I'm concerned if I query her now, and she rejects my novel, when I want to query her in the future (maybe a year down the road)with my other project,  I'll have been added to her "blocked" email list or something.

Who's to say in a year she'll still rep both genres (and I know she won't remember my query) but still, I'm certain I've read somewhere that a writer had their email returned by a filter because they'd been rejected by the agent in the past...

So should I just go ahead and query her anyway?


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Re: Thinking too far ahead?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 06:01:14 PM »
I would say yes; from what I've read, you can query for any book, even if a previous one was rejected. And worst case scenario, you open a different email account for the new book.  But lets hope we get agents for our current books and they just take on our WIPs after that!
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Re: Thinking too far ahead?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 06:06:40 PM »
A year? She won't remember you, and I doubt her email will block you because you queried a different novel 12 months ago. Now if you email her all kinds of weird stuff if/when she rejects you...then yes. But you won't do that, so don't sweat it. Query now. And then.
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Re: Thinking too far ahead?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2010, 06:11:55 PM »
Yes.  Unless an agent drops hints that she doesn't want you to darken her inbox again it is always acceptable to query her with future projects.  I've heard of a few agents setting up lists to catch repeat submitters, but they usually ask if it's the same project or a completely new one.

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Re: Thinking too far ahead?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2010, 06:34:18 PM »
Really, Bodwen?  Making a list of people they rejected?  Well thats a bummer!  But a new project may be much better or more their taste.  I would think they would want to see it UNLESS they said previously dont bother me again.
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Re: Thinking too far ahead?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010, 07:31:21 PM »
Yes, usually they want to see new stuff.  But there are people who will submit the same manuscript over and over again to try to wear down the agent.   :crazy:

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Re: Thinking too far ahead?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2010, 08:20:46 PM »
As far as I know, it's completely acceptable to query an agent who has rejected you for a completely new project.

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Re: Thinking too far ahead?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2010, 05:37:42 PM »
One of my offers of representation came from an agent who rejected the query for my first book. I highly doubt she remembered me, and it was never brought up in our conversation.  I've never heard of agents blocking people for getting rejected.  Yanno, unless they do crazy things.  I would think most agents EXPECT you to get better with each book...why would they take themself out of the running?
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