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#1 jdenker

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:48 PM

I've been in touch with a very nice agent who read my full and then requested a few changes to my MS, which I was happy to make. Now the revised MS is in her hands. While I wait, should I keep querying? Or should I treat this as an exclusive of sorts, and wait to hear from her one way or the other? I should add that she's been very accessible and prompt so far, so I don't think she'd sit on it for months or anything. I just don't know what the etiquette is for R&Rs--I've never gotten this far before! :tongue:
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

It's not an exclusive R&R unless the agent requests that specifically, so feel free to keep querying. :) I'm almost in the same boat as you, haha. As soon as I finish the revisions I will be, that is.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

I don't know anything, but GOOD LUCK!
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

One thing I have heard is that agents can feel a little miffed if you shop around the revised ms that they've put a bit of effort into working on with you while they're still considering. So if you continue querying and get a full request, it's considered bad form to send the revised ms.

That said, I'm not sure the same rule applies if their notes for the R&R were minimal and you ran with it pretty much on your own. In my one and only experience with an R&R, the agent and I had a reasonably in-depth conversation about what she felt needed adjustment, so I felt it only right to give her the first shot at the new version.

And of course, if the R&R agent takes forever and a day to read the new ms, that's probably another matter. (In my situation, she responded within a few weeks.)
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:21 PM

Wow I clearly going to be in the minority here but I say unless something was said (e.g. "I am willing to work with you on this manuscript but given I am putting in the time I would like you not to shop it while we are collaborating") suggesting an expectation of either exclusivity or a right of first refusal on the revised manuscript as a quid pro quo for the agent's input, query your heart out.

As for which manuscript to send any agent who asks for a pariial or full while you are working with "Agent A"? You send the BEST you've got. Do you feel the changes have made it a better or are you on the fence about them? If you aren't sure about the changes, send the original. If you are sure, send your best manuscript because it's still your work (just as it is after you make changes suggested by a critique partner).
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:49 PM

Thanks, guys! This agent has been so quick with her replies and requests for tweaks here and there that I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and treat it as an exclusive until I finally hear one way or the other. The way she's operating, it shouldn't take very long. (Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I think good thing. :smile: )
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