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Dear Miss Snark

I was recently at a conference and was lucky enough to have an editor invite me to send her the first three chapters of my novel. I'm still revising, so I haven't began my agent search yet, but suppose I do send it to this editor who passes. Then I get an agent. Do I need to inform my agent that it was already submitted to one house? Would it be best to get an agent first ( thinking positively , of course) and then informing them that this one editor has requested to see it?


Send the pages the editor requested. If s/he says no, you'll mention that when you secure an agent (NOT in your query letter).

Don't dawdle around looking for an agent when an editor has asked for pages. It's a whole lot easier to find an agent when an editor has made you an offer. (It's not a slam dunk I know, I said 'easier' not 'guaranteed').


Anonymous said...

"Do I need to inform my agent that it was already submitted to one house?"

Say this editor passes, does the ms get sent to another one at the same house? Is that done, or is that publisher totally off limits?

Zany Mom said...

So what does a naive Snarkling do when the current version of her manuscript is sitting in some slush pile of Major Publishing House courtesy of a friend who is friends with one of the biggies at said publishing house, but not in your genre. And it's been over 9 months.

Should Snarkling assume that said manuscript is buried and dead (and now is in line for a complete overhaul, anyhow) and start querying anew (well, after the rewrite)? Does one need to mention the current fate of this particular ms?

ChapterKat said...

I hope I didn't shoot myself in the font, but I am in a similar situation. In my case, an agent requested a full of an ms an editor has had a partial of for a few months now. The editor recently let me know the story wasn't right for their list. I felt like it would be best to be honest with this agent since I'd already told her the editor had the partial, so I notified the agent and let her know of the rejection. (No reply yet though.) Surely honesty would be the best policy here. It seems only fair to tell her (the agent) after all.

I guess if I'm going to be a nitwit, at least I can say I'm an honest one. :-)

writtenwyrdd said...

I would say that you tell the agent, and let her/him decide whether to submit again or not. They know these people and the business; you do not. Let them do their jobs. Even more importantly: TRUST THEM to do their jobs. ;)

Terry said...

So, an editor at a conference requested three chapters. In my limited experience, all this means is that your work wasn't so far out of that editor's realm that they'd say no to your face.

My concern here is that having attended my fair share of conferences with agent and editor appointments, the majority seem to be willing to issue the "pity-sub" request. I was in a group appointment (6 of us) with a major player, and she requested fulls from all of us.

I can't know for sure if they're asking for pages because they don't want to see someone cry in front of them, but I've never walked away from an appointment without a request for a partial, and occasionaly a full. I'm glad to get pages in front of these folks, but I don't consider the request as meaningful as the request coming from someone who has had the chance to judge my writing, not take pity on the way I stammer through our six minutes together. It's more like they give these folks the benefit of the doubt since they're sitting right there, where they might have rejected the query immediately had it come across their desk in the traditional fashion. Obviously, avoiding the 'traditional' fashion and getting pages into the hands of an editor is great--but I'm not holding my breath. Same with the agent. She requested the full "so if she liked it, she'd have it all in front of her." She didn't promise to read it right away.

I'm still querying. And I'll still pitch if I go to another conference.