Dear Miss Snark,
I've been signed with an agent for approximately a year. He submitted my manuscript to only one major publishing house and nowhere else. After a few months, the editor requested revisions but offered no contract. I completed the revisions and my agent has resubmitted them to the editor. Great, right? Okay, well in walks my writer's neurosis...
When I queried him about submitting my manuscript to other houses, his response was he didn't want to burden his editors with too many submissions all at once and that my manuscript would have to wait until the work he has already submitted has either been contracted or rejected.
One Revision Request
Is this normal operating procedure, or am I the nitwit of the day?
Thank you so much for your time.
How the hell is that agent earning a living?
Burden his editors?? His??
I figure editors are sitting at their desks every morning at 9am with nothing to do and it's my sworn duty to help them get busy so they won't get fired. Sadly, some (ok, all) editors don't see it quite that way but you get the idea.
Let's take a look at my most recent fabulous novel, a mystery.
I print out the manuscript.
I work up a cover letter that tells the editor how fabu this book is (this is where Miss Snark feels your query letter pain).
I call about 12 editors who buy this kind of book. We chat. I pitch. Being smart, they say ok.
Now, I generally don't send more than one ms at a time but there are exceptions. The difference is I don't wait a YEAR for someone to decide AND I have different kinds of projects with different editors. And the bottom line is, I'd send sixteen projects to one editor if they wanted.
I'm VERY VERY skeptical this agent is effective. Time to start looking around at his competitors to see who else is out there.