Q. My manuscript caters for young adult/ mature children, so I've found a good children's literary agency. However, my genre varies, as I also write horror, thrillers and occasionally plan to attempt philosophical drama. If a children's/young adult's agency is willing to represent my first work, will they be willing to represent such radically different genres? Should I even bother to query these genre specific agents, or should I look for a more general one?
A. In my experience, agents have little pea brains, so it's best not to distract them with too much of your magnificence. One letter = one message seems to work best. You can add a general statement about your other works, but keep the focus on your Y/A book. If all goes well, and your horror/vampire/fantasy book needs representation, maybe your Y/A agent will help you find the right person to rep that project too.Anyone else want to chime in with an opinion?