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smallthunder
06-09-2005, 01:43 PM
I also posted this under 'bewares' because of an old thread about Wm Clark, but I think I need an agent's input on this ....

In the more than 14 weeks it took William Clark to reply to my query with a request for a partial, I attracted the interest of several other agents. Right now, six agents are considering the first few chapters of the manuscript. Note, however, that William Clark wrote:

"Please send the material (including a copy of your original query letter) to me at the address below ...

I prefer to read material on an exclusive basis, and return the courtesy by agreeing to consider your work in a timely manner. ..."

Of all the agents who have requested partials, William Clark is probably the agent whose representation I would want the most. So, how can I delicately phrase the info that I cannot provide him the exclusivity he prefers? What can I provide him in lieu of exclusivity -- a promise to give him 'dibs'? No, that's not a good idea -- just a promise to ... what?

Any ideas?

the1dsquared
06-09-2005, 03:31 PM
Smallthunder, why don't you tell him just that? It sounds like you haven't submitted the entire manuscript to anyone yet. Offer it to him on an exclusive basis and cross your fingers.

Cathy C
06-09-2005, 10:24 PM
Exclusivity is not all that big of a deal, if it's really an agent you want. However, if you want to hedge your bets (and that's what you're doing, after all, if you're concerned about the issue), then offer it to him exclusively for a set period of time. Since the only concern in your mind is having it floating out there for years with no word, then reply with the requested materials and the statement. "Enclosed is... As you requested, I have not simultaneously submitted this manuscript to any other agent. However, since I believe that there's presently a good atmosphere in the market to sell this manuscript, I will only provide exclusive viewing of this proposal for a period of four months."


Then, after the four months, send a second letter or e-mail with a reminder that you'll be submitting it elsewhere. If you still don't hear after a week or so, send it to the next agent on the list.

Hope that helps, and GOOD LUCK!

smallthunder
06-10-2005, 07:42 AM
Smallthunder, why don't you tell him just that? It sounds like you haven't submitted the entire manuscript to anyone yet. Offer it to him on an exclusive basis and cross your fingers.

Why didn't I think of that?:Smack:

Great idea, the1dsquared! How long do you think I should offer it to him, assuming he is interested in pursuing representation for my novel? As Cathy C points out, a set period of time would better protect my interests while still accommodating Wm Clark's preferences.

smallthunder
06-30-2005, 09:29 AM
Well!

Mr. Clark received my partial, along with my letter regarding my inability to offer him an exclusive reading of same -- yet offering him the rest of the manuscript on an exclusive basis if he should so desire.

Within 5 days of receiving my package, he e-mailed me to request the rest of the mansucript on that basis ...

Praise the Lord! And my helpful friends at Absolute Write!
:banana:

Cathy C
06-30-2005, 06:41 PM
Yay! Congratulations! Let us know how it works out! :Clap:

smallthunder
07-28-2005, 03:51 AM
Hi, everyone!

I just want to report that I received a very nice e-mail from Wm Clark today regarding my manuscript -- no, make that, "a friggen FANTASTIC e-mail from Wm Clark today" -- he has offered to represent me/my novel!

:partyguy:

La Reine
07-28-2005, 05:12 AM
Hi, everyone!

I just want to report that I received a very nice e-mail from Wm Clark today regarding my manuscript -- no, make that, "a friggen FANTASTIC e-mail from Wm Clark today" -- he has offered to represent me/my novel!

:partyguy:

Wow! I'm soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you! :banana: :banana: :banana:

smallthunder
07-28-2005, 07:31 AM
Thanks, La Reine -- I am in a state of shock, but a pleasant one!
:Wha:

WriteRead
07-28-2005, 07:45 AM
Congratulatory, very much so, smallthunder, did you set a time limit when you sent the full ms to Clark, as Cathy advised? If yes, what was it?
Dan

smallthunder
07-28-2005, 08:50 AM
Congratulatory, very much so, smallthunder, did you set a time limit when you sent the full ms to Clark, as Cathy advised? If yes, what was it?
Dan

Thanks, WriteRead. Yes, I did as Cathy advised -- I offered Mr. Clark exclusivity for three months. His decision came, however, within 3 - 4 weeks.

WriteRead
07-28-2005, 09:01 AM
Well, life is a huge open market where one has to hassle and haggle and bargain for his rights, sadly, and also for his benefits.

Dan

azbikergirl
07-28-2005, 09:30 AM
WOOT!! Congratulations!!
:banana:

smallthunder
07-28-2005, 11:43 AM
WOOT!! Congratulations!!
:banana:

azbikergirl -- I don't know what "WOOT" means, but thanks!
:)

azbikergirl
07-28-2005, 05:54 PM
For a definition of woot:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=woot

smallthunder
07-28-2005, 06:06 PM
Ah, so that's it -- Woot!
[What a hoot!]
Thanks again --

aruna
07-28-2005, 11:01 PM
Hi, everyone!

I just want to report that I received a very nice e-mail from Wm Clark today regarding my manuscript -- no, make that, "a friggen FANTASTIC e-mail from Wm Clark today" -- he has offered to represent me/my novel!

:partyguy:

Congratulations!!! Now the fun can REALLY start.....:Clap: :snoopy: :TheWave:

smallthunder
07-29-2005, 03:38 AM
Congratulations!!! Now the fun can REALLY start.....:Clap: :snoopy: :TheWave:

Oh-boy!
Bring it on!
[thanks for your congratulatory message, aruna!]

flotsamarama
08-08-2005, 11:05 PM
Woot, indeed! Congratulations and please keep us posted on the progress of your book!

smallthunder
08-14-2005, 04:12 PM
Thanks, flotsamarama -- I shall certainly post whenever there is movement on my novel.

My agent offered the manuscript to Random House on an exclusive basis -- if they don't pick it up, then he said he'd wait until after the summer draws to a close before attempting anything else because NYC/publishing world is pretty dead in August.

In the meantime, I've thrown myself into historical research for the sequel!

JennaGlatzer
08-15-2005, 06:22 AM
Smallthunder, I am so excited for you! Wm Clark is great. Congratulations! We'll all have our fingers crossed for the next step. :)

smallthunder
08-15-2005, 01:09 PM
Thanks, Jenna, for the kind words --
:banana:

stormie
08-28-2005, 11:29 PM
Sorry, I'm a little late on this. but a big congrats, smallthunder! I haven't scrolled over here in awhile. That is such great news!

smallthunder
08-30-2005, 04:25 PM
Thanks, stormie -- I heard back from William Clark that Random House is giving it a pass, but I'm still so psyched that Mr. Clark is pitching for me that I don't mind. I never cared for the name "Random House," anyway!
:tongue

maestrowork
08-30-2005, 07:24 PM
Congrats. William Clark is a class A agent. Hopefully your ms. will find a good home soon. There are plenty of big houses beside Random House. Keep it up!