I'm wondering how agents feel about
publishingquerying a short story collection and a novel at the same time. Should I only query for the novel, and then later mention the collection?
They go in the same query.
Weird, I know.
You query the novel, and you also say you have a collection. It's a separate paragraph, after comps, before pub credits and bio.
And pub credits are crucial.
A collection should (must!) have stories that have been published already. Probably at least 50% of them, and 50% is new material. That percentage isn't carved in stone.
Here's how this looks.
Felix Buttonweezer has had it.
Zoom meetings during the pandemic forced him to see his living room with fresh eyes. Stuffed cats were everywhere. Shelves, couches, on top of the flat screen.
Felix has decided the plushies must go.
He's laid in a supply of plastic bags, zip ties and tongs.
The problem is, the plushies aren't quite ready to leave.
Felix Unstuffed (890,000 words) is noir crime fiction.
It will appeal to the readers of John Davis Frain's blog comments, and Steve Forti's flash fiction entries.
I also have a collection of 21 Felix Buttonweezer short stories. "Felix vs the Ottomon" was published in the Carkoon Gazette; "Felix vs the Fold Out Couch" was published in the SudsYerDuds Journal; and "Felix vs Betty: the later years" was pubished in the AARP Journal of Marital Discord.
I am this, that and the other.