Dear Miss Snark:
I'd like your expert opinion.
Currently, I have my full ms out to one editor and three different agents. It's only been a month, so I'm not stressing (well, not too much). But just the other day another agent asked for the full, which I sent. Should I tell the three other agents that another agent has requested the full as well, or leave it alone and wait to see what happens? To clarify, I'm not sending out new queries or partials, this last request came from a partial I sent out before Christmas.
Thank you for all your wonderful advice.
There's no need to let all the contenders for your affections know the status of the competiton. Time will come when you'll have to sort out who gets your hand for the big dance and some of us will find out the hard way that sloth is not its own reward.
Emails from people telling me "Agent Fabulosity has just requested a full, just fyi" make me grind my teeth. Like this is gonna make me read faster? slower? give up? IF Agent Fabulosity makes you an offer and you are seriously considering it, then I want to know. Evreything up to that point is just nagging.
And there are those out there who've been known to emulate the Used Car Sales Pitch book..and have told me "several reputable New York agents are also considering this". What does that make me? Disreputable? Not in New York? There's no way that ever sound like anything other than what it is: grasping at straws.
Leave the straws for Bill E. Goat to stand on with the nags in the barn, while you get dressed for the big dance up in the main house.