Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Q & A 54 Exclusives
What's the worst that can happen if an agent says this:
I only read on an exclusive basis so if no other agents are reading at this time do send a synopsis and the first three chapters
...and I send my three chapters to her anyway, even though I've sent them to other agents?
To my fellow minion commenters: Have you ever sent out a partial to someone who requested it exclusively and have it come back to haunt you?
Evil Editor once needed to have his entire house recarpeted, owing to the frequency with with I happen to be holding a large glass of Pinot Noir when I keel over drunk. I phoned a carpet company and asked for an estimate. They said they'd come to my home, measure the room, and prepare an estimate on condition that I request no other estimates during the time period when they were preparing theirs. I figured this was probably the way all carpeting companies did business, and agreed. Two weeks later they phone me and say they don't want the job. They only work for the truly famous, and their research has shown that Evil Editor has not attained rock star status (this was years ago, before EE's career had even eclipsed that of Ben Affleck). Naturally I organized a boycott of the company and drove them out of business. You should do the same.
However, if you insist this is the agent you want representing you, I can't recommend ignoring her policies at this stage of your business relationship.
Posted by Evil Editor at 8:36 PM