I am finally ready to query, only to discover that three of the agents I consider the best matches are closed to queries. If I receive requests for the full manuscript or offers from other agents can I contact these three with that news, or does closed mean closed?
Closed means closed...
UNLESS you've met these agents at a conference or heard them on a panel, and they've specifically said they are open to queries from people in the audience.
SCBWI does this a lot, but there's almost always a time constraint attached. You can query them for the next 30 days, for example.
Agents close to queries for a variety of reasons, mostly cause they're inundated and trying to tame their inbox. That means it doesn't do any good to query them when they are not looking.
HOWEVER what you think of as your best match may not be so. Query, and query widely. Young hot hungry agents may not be on your radar yet, and they're eager to build their list.
The door may be closed at 1 Buttonweezer Place, but there are a lot of other doors on the street.
|Yes, there is a Buttonweezer Street in NYC. It's not on the map, sorry.|