Multiple queries, single submissions
With this strategy, you write query letters to several publishers or agents at a time, offering each an exclusive look at your manuscript for 30 days. You fulfill requests on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If the first respondent hasn't given you a decision within 30 days, you then have two choices:
This approach has several advantages:
Some magazine editors are open to multiple submissions; others insist on having an exclusive look and don't even like the idea of multiple queries.
To avoid misunderstandings, check the listings in Writer's Market or send a self-addressed stamped envelope for a copy of the magazine's editorial guidelines.
Those Terrible Multiple Submitters
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