Is it appropriate for a writer to query an agent if her manuscript is in revision?
I am about half way through the final revision on my manuscript, and am considering querying a particular agent with the pages requested in her guidelines. If I am fortunate enough to receive interest from her in reading the full manuscript, am I breaching a rule of querying etiquette if I tell her it will be done in a few months? I am considering querying now because she is a new agent whose interests seem a good match for my book, and I thought there may be some benefit to contacting her before her client list gets full.
What do you think?
I think you should finish the manuscript before you start querying.
Even a new agency isn't going to fill her client list in a couple months.
I reject, unread, any novel that is "almost done"; a "first draft"; or, "nearly done" .
Non fiction is different but novels need to be finished if you are a first time author. This is virtually a universal rule.