I attended the BEA writer's conference in New York and partcipated in the pitch slam. I researched agents I was interested in speaking to before I spoke with them. I knew Ms. Bykofsy's firms was moving and was surprised when she asked for an exclusive. It's short, only five weeks, so I agreed. I mentioned that I knew she was moving, and she didn't seem to think it was a problem. Since I returned another writer told me an agent at BEA from her firm asked for a partial and just told him that she liked it, but they were moving and weren't taking any new work.
Now I'm a little concerned.
Others at the BEA asked for partials and I'm wondering whether I should just sit tight, send them a short note saying it was nice to meet them but it's under an exclusive and if either of us rejects the other I'd like to send them my stuff, ignore the exclusive (that doesn't seem right to me) or just grin and bear it.
What think you?