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The awesome agents over at Upstart Crow Literary have got me wondering...
Some agents require a query, a full synopsis, and anywhere from two to fifty pages of your novel right up front. Others don't need more than the query before they've made the decision of whether or not to fire off that form rejection letter.
Now that so many agents are dealing with email, saving thousands and thousands of grateful trees, I've started to wonder why they don't want to see a little bit more right off the bat. After all, someone can send an email with the query, synopsis, five chapters, a political rant, a thesis on the breeding habits of moose, whatever...and the agent can still simply read the query and hit delete.
However, if they think it has potential, then they already have all the information on hand to make their decision. It seems to me like they'd cut down on partial requests that way, which would be better for us writers in the long run (not getting our hopes up, and all that!). And it may save the agents some time, too.
But I, clearly, am no agent. Their job baffles and amazes me, and I don't know how they do what they do. What do you guys think? Would you prefer fully exposing yourself (um, literarily speaking) right at the offset, or do you prefer the "query-only" approach?