Dear Miss Snark,
I have my full manuscript out with Ms. Agent, who was at Agency A when I first queried her and sent her the full at her request. I noticed today while looking up information on Agency B that Ms. Agent has just left Agency A and now works for Agency B.
When inquiring about the status of my manuscript, am I correct in assuming that I contact Ms. Agent at Agency B now--with all of my necessary information to remind her of who I am and what dates we communicated--rather than contacting someone else at Agency A?
This may be a nitwit question, but I wanted to make sure before I made a faux pas that I do indeed follow the original agent to whom I queried and not the original agency itself. If an agent leaves an agency, do they take along the manuscripts they've requested?
Thank you in advance, fabulous Miss Snark!
Ok, some confusion reigns here cause you may not know if the agent is the employee of an agency or an owner. Take Paige Wheeler for example. Her agency was NOT called "Paige Wheeler Agency" so you might think she "worked there". She didn't. She owned it. Lock stock and fixtures. Recently she teamed up with two other agents to form a new agency, and she is in fact one of the owners. The new agency is also not called Wheeler, Dealer and Fabulous, so you would not know she's an owner unless you know.
You bet she took all her queries and clients with her.
Now, other agents who are employees DO move around and as often as not, DO take their queries with them. There's no way to know this without asking. It's ok to ask. It's not a nitwit question, and no reasonable agent is going to be annoyed with you for following up on this kind of change. And yes, you follow up first with the person who is looking at your work. S/he'll tell you if s/he took her queries/submissions/clients with her to the new agency. It may take her a while to get back to you; transitions are insane times with lots of urgent stuff to deal with so email her and give her two weeks. Then email again.