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Amy asked 10 months ago

Do you take seriously an author who tells you they are approaching several agents at once? Do you prefer to hear that an author is submitting to multiple agents? Also are you interested in visually descriptive quest-fantasies with magical characters from folklore?

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Polly Nolan Staff answered 10 months ago

Hello Amy
Apologies for taking so long to reply to your question. We discovered this morning that, for unknown reasons, a batch of questions went into our ‘junk’ folder a while ago. Yours was one of them.
I would always assume that people are querying several agents at once. Indeed I would advise them to do so. (Agents can take a while to respond, as we get so many queries each day.  If an author waits to query each one individually, they might end up waiting years to get their work out to everybody.)
The only thing agents would ask is that, if you are out on multiple submission and one agent either calls in the full manuscript or offers you representation, you let the other agents know.

As regards whether I am open to visually descriptive fantasies with animal characters from folklore, I’m not at the moment.  That doesn’t mean that other agents won’t be. If I’ve learned one thing about this business over the years, it’s that it’s subjective!

The best of luck with your querying.

Polly