Dear Miss Snark,
I just ran across this, and since I was repelling through the Snarkives and stumbled across a nitwit of the day post thought I would pass this along for future use. "
Light Travels Faster Than Sound. That's Why Some People Appear Bright Until You Hear Them Speak."
Okay, that said, my question.
My first novel, POD, yeah, $5000.00+ and a lot of screaming later I realize my mistake. Post POD, got a new editor, one that didn't moonlight for the POD house after long tortuous hours at the pickle factory. But a real editor with credentials! And oh yes, it cost me fewer pieces of eight from my treasure chest than the one from the POD house. Hmmm, can you say, surcharge?
Manuscript is much better. I queried widely to a variety of agents and I got some good responses, mostly "not for us" but done in a tactful way. Finally an agent requested more, and has not blown me off.
Sequence: Query. Please send first three chapters, did that. Wait 2-4 months. Doing that. Sent a follow-up e-mail at 90 days. Answer: "Should have something for you soon? What the puck does that mean?
Okay. Now second book is with a good house in NYC that I have a previous acquaintance with. He also saw book above. Then, I had not heard from him in 30 days then, and queried for an update. Within an hour I got a refusal. Ouch! But with a caveat "We don't do any POD, but good writing, you have talent" Yeah! "If you do another, please feel free to submit." Done, book two is there. Question is, the agent's website does not detail how long they take to reply to ms. So.... based on what happened last time, I am hesitant to fire off another "update request" to NYC and get ground into bug juice once again.
On the upside, what if Agent A likes Book 1 and Agent B likes book 2? Both offer contract? Yikes! I would expect this isn't typical, but must have occurred, what does an author do then?
Well I'm glad to see we both think you are repelling.
Perchance you meant to be clever and use the word rappeling, but the jokes work better when you get the words right.
I sent you the form rejection email when this question sat unanswered in my mailbox for thirty days. Did you think that it didn't apply to you?
First, every question you ask (and I counted five) has been addressed previously.
Second, if you read this over, you'll realize you are simply dithering in your anxiety. Knock it off. Focus on your writing. Send Miss Snark concise questions about specifics and she's less likely to offer you rope and tell you to jump off a cliff.