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Emerson Dell
03-27-2006, 06:31 PM
I sent a partial (5 chapters) to an agent who did not ask for exclusivity. Then another agent asked for a full ms., and I sent it. Should I write both agents and disclose that another agent is reading (one a partial and the other a full)? In other words, is it okay to let two agents read at the same time, given that neither has exclusivity, and am I obliged to tell each about the other (not naming names, of course)?

03-27-2006, 06:38 PM
No, it's not important, not if they didn't ask for exclusivity. When (notice I said when?!) you do get representation, the polite thing to do is notify any agents who are reading partials or fulls.

03-27-2006, 07:38 PM
i agree with Stormie. Unless they ask for an exclusive read, it's open season!

04-09-2006, 02:50 AM
I agree with Stormie too. Especially the part about letting the other agent(s) know right away once you've signed with someone. Agent B would not have nice things to say about you at cocktail parties if he called you up to offer you a deal after spending two weeks going through your ms with a fine tooth comb, only to find out you signed with Agent A the day before he started reading.

04-09-2006, 08:16 PM
Some agents ask for exclusives on partials (which I think is unreasonable) but in most cases you can have as many partials out as you like, and you don't have to tell any of the agents about the others. If one of the agents then asks for an exclusive on a full, you don't need to tell that agent that others are reading partials. In fact, you can continue to send out partials while someone is reading the full, whether they're reading on an exclusive basis or not.

- Victoria

04-10-2006, 04:15 AM
I had an agent asked for the first three chaps (exclusive) and when I told her another agent was reading the full she backed out. I thought that was strange for an exclusive on 3 chapters.

04-10-2006, 04:56 AM
It's really strange that she even backed-out. Oh well, her loss.

04-10-2006, 05:37 AM
IMHO, if the agent doesn't ask for exclusivity, you're not obligated to tell them. I mean, when you apply for jobs, do you tell your potential employer what other companies you're interviewing? Of course not. Now, if they both offer you representation, then the problem is, happily, yours.

04-10-2006, 06:35 PM
I've had one agent ask for an exclusive on a partial. When I told him other agents were currently looking at the project, he wished me luck, but said he'd be happy to take a look if those others passed.

I don't like the exclusivity request (and my current agent actively discourages writers from giving them), but I did appreciate that agent being so up-front about things, and his willingness to take a look later on. Happily, it didn't turn out to be necessary.