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Some of the larger agencies, particularly those that deal with talent other than book authors, do this. It is to protect their corporation from lawsuits related to people saying they “stole” ideas.
The clause you quoted is talking about something happening to the manuscript you submit. This makes more sense if you think of it like a physical version, or artwork. It could be damaged in the mail. And it’s saying you won’t sue them if your stuff is lost in transit.
Most submissions are made via email now, but I bet this is a holdover from a bygone era. (Though I suppose a file could also be corrupted via email?)
EDITED: To remove name of agency.
I’m not the word count police … but that’s really long. I’d say at least twice as long as the typical YA SF novel. Have you considered the idea that this might be two books?
It will be difficult to sell a book of this length in the YA market. So I’d say, aggressive editing OR dividing in half are in order. As it stands, nobody will laugh at you. More likely, they just won’t read it. (Worse!)
It could be either. I’ve answered all queries that came before June 17. If yours was before that, then resend.
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