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#1 Gibber


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 08:43 PM

Preface: this is all hypothetical.


So I've got a ms out in the query trenches, a few agents have the partial, etc. Business as usual. But then I get a full request on a previous ms (an agent who had it and passed also forwarded it to her colleagues, one of which liked it). What do I tell the other agents (with the current ms) if the previous ms one wants to offer me rep? Again, nothing has happened, but if it does, ???

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 06:59 PM

First, I would say do nothing until you hear from the agent with the old MS.


If that agent comes back with an offer you can either: 1) Accept the offer and then notify the other agents that they need not read your stuff or 2) Tell that agent to hang on for a couple of weeks while you clean up your other submissions, then contact the other agents to say you have an offer and need to hear back from them within that waiting period.


Personally, I'd go with #1.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 04:56 PM

I would add to what RS said that IF the agent who as the older manuscript offers you should ABSOLUTELY discuss the newer manuscript with him/her before you accept an offer of representation, because presumably you want to know if he/she is behind that as well. If not you will have to consider whether you are willing to set it aside.

Also whether I would pick RS's #1 or #2 depends on where the agents fall in your pecking order. If the one who offers is your top choice than by all means sign away (after showing/revealing idea for second manuscript as noted above). If one of the agents with partials of later manuscript is actually your dream agent, then I would ask the offering agent for 7-14 days to "think it over" and then notify agents with partials at give them a window several days shorter than the time frame you've asked for.

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