I have completed the first book of a mystery series and am early in the search for an agent. Meanwhile the next book is in progress and I’ve got the next few roughly outlined. Should I pitch the series or focus on the completed manuscript? Each book can stand on its own but also builds on the characters introduced in the first book. Thank you!
When pitching anything to agents it’s always better to focus on one thing at a time. I get easily overwhelmed when an author pitches more than one book (especially if they aren’t part of a series) and tend to err on the side of rejection if one or more of the projects is not of interest, even if one might be.
With a series, most agents will definitely want to know that the book you’re pitching is part of a series, or intended to be part of a series, but they won’t necessarily need a pitch for any of the other books. The first book and the pitch for that book will determine, in many ways, the success of the series.