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01-21-2009, 10:25 AM
One of the agents I want to query asks for the query and the first five pages of the book.

The first chapter in my book has six and a half pages. Should I send through the end of the chapter, or only send the first five pages, even if it isn't complete?


01-21-2009, 06:41 PM
Send five, as that's what they asked for. They assume it won't be a complete chapter. And if they like it after five pages, they'll want to see more. If they don't like it after five pages, the next page and half won't make a difference.

The pages are just a way of checking quickly if an interesting query is worth asking for more of not. They don't read all five pages for every query they get.

01-22-2009, 08:48 PM
I agree with Danthia. Follow the agent's guidelines. If they said send five pages, then send five pages. Always follow the agent's guidelines is a good rule of thumb.

01-23-2009, 12:29 AM
Send the first five only. That's plenty for them to make a judgment. It also shows you are professional --- you follow instructions!