Lately I’ve been seeing quite a few queries telling me about multiple projects, as well as multiple e-queries from the same author. I totally understand the sentiment — people justifiably grow attached to their work and they want an agent who is going to be able to champion all their projects. Also, taste is subjective and different agents might respond differently to different projects, uh, differently.
But, as I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, finding an agent is hard. And it’s even more difficult when you split your time and energy between multiple projects. There’s a major dilution effect — the more projects described in a query, the less each one stands out.
You know what else is hard? Reading queries! (I know, I know, the world’s smallest violin is playing softly in the background). And when you are responding to a couple hundred queries a week and have 15 partials sitting in your inbox, the prospect of reading 5 different magnum opuses (opi?) can seem a little daunting. Images of five 500 page manuscripts sitting on one’s… uh… Kindle start passing through one’s head.
Decide which project you love the most and go full throttle on that project. I know it’s hard to choose among children. But do it anyway. In the meantime, keep writing, and don’t mention the 10 manuscripts in your drawer until you’re farther along in the process. And if you decide to re-query an agent, give them a couple of months.