Dear Miss Snark,
I've just received a request for a partial from an agent who also wants to know whether any publishers have already seen the ms.
This is where my previous nitwittery comes back to haunt me. I have a friend whose very close relative is a big shot editor at a big name imprint. Said friend got me a read which resulted in a very complimentary response but--as will come as no surprise to you or your readers--a rejection. When I engaged in this unfortunate attempt to get my ms read without the benefit of an agent I was new and green to the process. I had, for instance, never even HEARD of Miss Snark. I had not yet even sent out my first query letter.
I'm wondering if there's any way to frame this nitwittery in as a learning experience that, while regrettable, I would certainly never repeat. Is there even a chance said agent won't look at this and automatically reach for the form reject?
You're safe. I ask this question on partials too. What I want to know is if this has been shopped around town or if it's a revised version of something that's been shopped. Basically we're sniffing the manuscript for freshness like a Sicilian cook at the vegetable market.
Tell her what you told me: a friend gave it to a friend at a publisher informally. Nothing came of it.