Dear Miss Snark
What on earth does an agent mean when she asks "for first refusal on representation for a month after receiving it." Is this just another way of asking for an exclusive reading? Help me out here because I've never heard anything phrased quite this way.
Thank you for being there to ask.
It means you can keep sending stuff to other agents for consideration but you can't sign with any of them until she says yes/no.
It's like a half-exclusive. I haven't seen this before but there's no end of the ways us agents try to keep you from signing with our competitors.
This doesn't keep your work on hold like an exclusive would, and it doesn't have the force of a legal agreement and don't forget, just cause she wants you doesn't mean you want her. Don't sign with anyone who tells you have to.