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Bushrat
01-03-2012, 08:42 PM
After you've found an agent (and/or a publisher) for your completed manuscript, can you query future book ideas with just a proposal or do you still have to complete the whole novel before your agent can approach publishers with it?

Amarie
01-03-2012, 08:48 PM
After you've found an agent (and/or a publisher) for your completed manuscript, can you query future book ideas with just a proposal or do you still have to complete the whole novel before your agent can approach publishers with it?

If you've sold a manuscript to a publisher, you will often be asked to submit other ideas. In my case, the publisher asked for a blurb and a three page synopsis to take to acquisitions. A contract will also contain an option clause for future books, but what you have to submit may vary from publisher to publisher. Sometimes it's a synopsis and 30 pages, for example. Things are much tighter than they used to be though, and it isn't a sure bet you can sell on just an idea or a partial.

Bushrat
01-04-2012, 07:51 PM
Thanks, that's good to know :)

I have an agent in Germany and that's also how it works there. After subbing the first finished manuscript everything else goes out as a synopsis and if a publisher is interested, they ask for the first 30 pages and make a decision based on that.