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#1 jmarshburn


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 12:59 PM

Hello gang! 


I am hoping someone can help me with a bit of conundrum I'm having. About six years ago, I queried an agent about representing my first manuscript and it was rejected. Shortly after that, I reconsidered my choice to even publish, and stopped shopping the manuscript only 4 queries in. 


Now I am revisiting the idea of getting my manuscript published, and wonder whether it would be inappropriate to query that same agent again. I have not made any changes to the draft, but wondered that such a long gap might warrant a second try.


Thanks for any advice!


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 05:57 PM

I can't tell from what you've written here if the agent requested pages or just acknowledged that they were rejecting you. Either way, it's doubtful that they'll be too interested. If they requested pages, then your MS is still going to have the exact same things that disinterested them the first time, and if they didn't request anything, then they're probably still not interested. The only reason I could say requerying could have a shot is if they never read pages and just rejected based off the query, and you're coming back with a much better query, but even then... odds are low. The good news: there are so many agents out there, so rather than concern yourself about this one agent, just make sure your MS and query are as good as possible (if you haven't already, post your query on the critique board for feedback; and I've had a lot of success with the wanted ads for finding some good critique partners), and then you can dive into the whole query process anew.

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 01:31 PM

I'd also recommend you give your manuscript a thorough read. You may be amazed at what you find years later.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 08:40 PM

What they said.


To put it in perspective, I sent out 102 (or 120, I don't remember) query letters before landing my agent - and I didn't get her from a query, but from a pitch festival. She hated my query letter.

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