What would you say is the best way to let an agent who has requested my proposal know that it is currently with another agent? In my query I stated that it would only be shown to one at a time and I intend to keep that promise, yet I don not want to lose the interest of the second agent. What would be an appropriate way to tell him to wait, and that the proposal will be sent once I have heard from the first agent?
Thank you for your time and wisdom.........and a highly entertaining way to spend my workday.
You promised an un-asked-for exclusive?
I highly doubt you've been reading THIS blog if you did that...or maybe you were just reading the snarky posts, not the ones with big red letters that say:
Unless an agent asks for an exclusive, you don't have to promise it. Just ignore what you said in the query letter and send it to the second agent. You're not honor bound to keep a promise that no one asked for.
Agents are not shy retiring wallflower types who have a hard time asking for what they want or telling you what they expect.