I am in the process of querying agencies over a manuscript I have written. Some agencies' websites say something along the lines of "Please query agents directly", while others say "Please do NOT query agents directly. However, some agencies simply state: Please send queries to [address]
On the one hand, putting
ATTN: on my query for a specific agent who specializes in my area of writing could let me reach out in a more targeted way. On the other, it could seem presumptuous to target a single agent, especially if the agency has its own method of distribution.
Is there a best practice in this situation? If the agency doesn't specify, is it always best to query towards a specific agent? (Obviously one can always ask the agency to clarify, but I'm curious if this is a situation where it is better to ask for forgiveness than permission)