I've been researching agents that might be a good fit for me and my ms, and found the one dream agent: Agent Dream is everything I'm looking for, the only agent I found which isn't a compromise of some kind (as a fit for me, yes? I'm sure they're all wonderful agents and even more wonderful people).
Enter difficulties. The agency's website says Dream's an assistant, but some research revealed one deal to Dream's name (for 6-figures!), and there's at least one more author Dream represents. So it means that assistant or not, Dreamis already building a list. And then some more research, and I was knocked down to the harsh reality. In the past year, Dream was open for queries for literally one day.
Now I know the first rule of querying is to follow the guidelines, and the guidelines say Dream's closed for queries. But there must be something I can do. I don't want to query other agents before I give the number one on my list a chance, but I can't wait another year for Dream to open for queries again. This is beyond frustrating. Is there any advice you can share with me? Under these circumstances, won't it be a good idea to at least try and query him even though he's closed? Please advise, I'm so lost right now.
What's the worst thing that could happen if you query Dream? Unless Dream's got access to some secret stash of Query Police (in which case I'm hiring Dream tomorrow) there's literally no down side.
So query away.
How long do you intend to wait?
When an agent is closed for queries they are not obligated to respond at all let alone in a timely fashion. How long are you going to stay on hold, waiting for an answer? Make sure you set a time limit for yourself or you could be waiting that full year.
And if you query widely and get an offer, and sign with another agent, are you going to perpetually feel like you settled for second best?
Trust me, that's not the way to begin a relationship with anyone particularly your agent whom you need to trust and respect.
The problem is you've allowed yourself to create a Dream Agent from "what I'm looking for" lists. Those lists are exactly as accurate as "what I'm looking for in a guy" are in the Personals ads on HotDate.com
Setting someone up as your Dream Agent is a recipe for disaster, and if I can persuade of that, I'll have done you a very solid good dead.
I've blogged about the problems of Dream Agents before and almost any agent you meet will tell you what I've said here.
So, query if you can't stop yourself, but have a plan for AFTER in place before you start.