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LHughes
02-13-2012, 09:08 AM
I don't know if someone has asked this before. If you have two novels that are different genres, can you have two different agents? Say for example an agent likes novel#1 and another one likes novel#2, can you sign with both? Is it a bad idea to query two different projects at the same time?

Drachen Jager
02-13-2012, 09:21 AM
There's nothing especially wrong with querying two projects at once, but most agents want to represent YOU, not just one book. If your other book is in a genre they don't represent they will normally find a way around it, but that would be case-by-case. They might decide to rep it anyhow, they might get another agent to rep it who they know, or who works with them, or they might give you the option of finding someone on your own for that book.

However, that said, I really don't think you get how much work it is to find an agent. If you've never been agented before, to suddenly have two books, both with offers.... Well it's probably not unprecedented, but let's just say it's highly unlikely.

waylander
02-13-2012, 12:02 PM
Agents in general are not hugely keen on writers who hop around genres. It takes a lot of effort to establish a new author; if their next novel is in a genre where there is no crossover from the readership of the previous one then you have to climb that mountain all over again.