What is it with exclusives suddenly?
I've had several queriers tell me they haven't submitted to any other agents, or stopped submitting to agents when I asked for pages, or will be submitting their work to only one agent at a time.
Don't do this.
Exclusives aren't good for you, as a writer. It's MUCH better to have several agents vying to represent you so you can choose the best fit. You have no clue if I'm the best match for you if you haven't even talked to someone else.
Second, it doesn't make me read your work any faster. In fact, it makes me LESS likely to read your work because I know there's no competition baying at my heels.
Truthfully, I'd rather win a good fight than take the prize cause no one else was in the ring. I'm fully prepared to tell a prospect why FinePrint is the best agency in town for their work. I'm fully prepared to tell them why I'm the best match.
I don't ask for or expect exclusives. I expect to win the old fashioned way: persuasion. Kinda like the way I expect to sell your manuscript.