I have a question about one and done agencies. In other words, if you query one agent from our agency don't even think about querying anyone else here. Now that I think about it I have two questions, maybe three but they are all related.
If an agency has a one and done policy but you (and by you I mean me) have made a MAJOR revision to the point where the plot is the same but the novel and style is not. Is it okay to query another agent at the one and done agency since it is substantially different from when you (and by you I mean me) first submitted to the agency over a year ago?
While I was typing I had a second thought pop into my head. What if you queried an agent at a one and done agency and that agent since left, are the other agents at that agency now fair game?
Sorry to be long winded but that last question leads to a follow up question. What if an agent you (and by you I mean me) queried in the past while at another agency moved to a one and done agency I have not queried yet, am I @#*& out of luck at that agency?
I'm confusing myself but you are brilliant so I'm sure you can keep up.
So here is my question. Should I stick to querying agents I haven't queried at agencies that I also haven't queried yet or can I expand my net since my novel is not the same novel I queried a year ago? I'm afraid of angering the Query gods and having plagues bestowed on me.
It will help you to know WHY some agencies have a one and done policy.
Some agencies have a pooled query in-box. All queries land there and are then sorted out to various agents depending on who's looking for what; who's busy; who's looking for anything they can sell etc.
If you've queried here, your query has been assessed and delivered (we hope) to the agent that best fits it.
Thus, no matter what, you're done here.
Some agencies on the other hand ask that you query one at a time so that three different agents are not reading the same material and worse requesting the same material. Time is a scarce resource and if an agent finds out she's third on your priority list AFTER spending six hours reading your manuscript she's going to be damn unhappy.
Here at New Leaf we ask you query one agent at a time for just that reason.
Some people don't follow those guidelines, and what they don't know is that we see ALL their emails so we know they've ignored that request.
It's not a good way to get started.
Now, to your specific questions:
1. Unless asked, you generally don't send a query for a revision. "Asked" means the agent specifically says "I'd like to see a revision"
If you've revised the book so it doesn't resemble the first one, call it something else and query like it's a new novel.
2. If the agent you've queried has left the agency, you can query another agent.
3. If the AGENCY you queried is one and done, no matter which agents come and go, you're done
4. The publishing gods won't eviscerate you for this. The publishing gods eviscerate you for hubris and idiocy and twice for hubris combined with idiocy. You're neither.