I became aware of the term simultaneous submissions when I started searching for an agent around 2 years back. Until then the greenhorn that I was, I never knew about this term. But, as I searched the internet for the perfect way to write a query letter, I came across an agent’s guide to getting a query letter right. The agent highlighted the importance of submitting to several agents at the same time but also doing the agents the courtesy of informing them right in the beginning about it and keeping them in the loop when other agents offered representation.
There is value in it. Simultaneous submissions widen a writer’s chances as we spread the net wider. Querying lots of agents at the same time gives us the advantage of the benefit of pitching our stories to several prospective representatives of our work as well as ensuring that we get a wide feedback and it also reduces the waiting time.
Though my simultaneous submission (query) did not snag me an agent (many agents asked me to query them with my other books), atleast now I know that I did the best for my book: that is queried as many agents as I thought right. For my next book whenever I query again, I will query many, many, many agents. No making such mistakes again in my life.
Now tell me, were you all like me, late converts to simultaneous submissions? Were you smart (unlike me) and widened your net, and queried many publishers at the same time? Did you make a mistake and queried just one publisher at a time? Do share your submission process. I would love to know all about it.
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