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#1 SarahWriter27

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:09 AM

I received an offer of publication while I was querying agents. I notified all the agents of the offer and gave them three weeks to consider. (I know 3 weeks might seem too generous, but I was burned before with an offer of rep and want to give myself time. Plus, the offering publisher was fine with 3 weeks.) The deadline is this Friday.

 

I spoke with a published author who suggested I nudge the agents today (Monday) about Friday's deadline-- the agents who are currently reading my full. I never considered doing this before; is this common practice? Thoughts? Thank you!



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:54 PM

This is very odd--did you hear back from the agents when you originally shared you news and offered three weeks? I would have expected a near immediate reaction to that and then certainly a timely response to the full. Its as if some piece of the puzzle is missing here, imo. The publisher is 100% reputable and above board right?


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:19 PM

I heard back from 1 of the 4 agents when I notified them of the offer of publication. They are all aware of Friday's deadline, but only 1 agent acknowledged the offer of publication email.

I didn't hear back from a lot of the agents I queried, either.

The publishing house is fairly new but yes, reputable.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:42 PM

When you heard back from this one agent what kind of response did you get? An acknowledgement or did they ask for more info?


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:54 AM

The one agent who replied said she'd get back to me soon with her thoughts. On a whim, I told her I'd revised the beginning chapters, and then she asked me to send the revised chapters. She's been really responsive/communicative.



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    In between I became a "hybrid" as part of a group of six authors involved in a high concept novel-in-six-parts called "A Day of Fire" which released in November of 2014. The book, "A Day of Fire," tells the story of the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii in a way you've never read it before.

Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:01 AM

If the house is fairly new and small it may not get agents jumping and you may not need an agent to handle your deal if you can read a contract, or get a lawyer with some experience in publishing to read it.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:37 PM

If they are aware of the deadline, I would say touch base on Thursday with the one who replied and asked to see the revision. 


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