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#1 SarahWriter27


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Posted 18 October 2016 - 09:19 AM

After sending my query with the synopsis and the first chapter to an agent, I received this email in response:


"Wow, what an opening!  I'd love to read the full of this.  I love the levels of intrigue and mystery built in, and your protagonist is a girl after my own heart.  Please sent the full as a Word attachment, and if possible, I'd appreciate a one-month exclusive.  I look forward to reading more@  Can't wait to dig in."


Naturally, I was blown away!  This is amazing.


Just a question though: Aren't agents supposed to have a poker face when requesting manuscripts?  I am just so amazed that she already told me what she liked about the first chapter, and I wonder if I should have as much hope of her liking the entire manuscript as I do.  I've researched this agent and discovered that she always requests an exclusive, so that's not different.  But I'm just really surprised by her comments.  Has anyone else had this experience before?


The agent is Heather Alexander from Pippin Properties.


Thanks for any input!

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 12:05 PM

I haven't had this experience. Given that she said 'wow, what an opening!', you probably have a great opening line. Consider yourself lucky and most of all, don't worry about it! Honestly, the most frustrating part of querying is when you receive an email saying 'thank you for sending us your query. Unfortunately, we are not interested', with no explanation whatsoever. I hope you'll receive more of these requests!



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Posted 18 October 2016 - 01:57 PM

It happens. I queried an agent (unknowingly) when they were closed to queries. They responded the next day saying, I know I'm closed, but I loved this, send me the full.


Be proud! Its a great feeling. 

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 02:58 PM

First, congrats.


Second, to answer your question about the poker face... NO!


Your agent is going to be your first fan that's not a friend or relative. You want her to be jumping out of her skin with excitement over your writing so she can pass that feeling onto editors.


So, send the MS. Tell her you've got queries out to other agents (if you do), but if any other full requests come in, you'll hold them off for a month (which isn't a long time in this business).


Make note of the date and touch back in a month.


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Posted 18 October 2016 - 11:17 PM



There's no "supposed to" when it comes to agents' responses - it just depends on their individual personalities.  Some are more straightforward and businesslike, while others are more casual and personable.  Just be glad someone is excited about your writing!  :)

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