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Author Topic: Time for agent to read new manuscript?  (Read 2119 times)
Corraine
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« on: April 26, 2017, 11:05:43 AM »

Just sent my agent my new manuscript today. It's my second book. How long does it usually take an agent to read a client's manuscript? Is there a norm? Because of course I'm chewing my fingernails already.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 11:16:39 AM »

Since she's your agent, just ask when she expects to get to it, then double that timeframe and add two weeks.  Thumbs Up
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 01:29:04 PM »

I sent my agent 1.5 new manuscripts and she read them and got back to me in 2 weeks.

Which I thought was ridiculously fast.

It's really going to vary from agent to agent so I would just ask.

But I definitely understand the nail biting wait.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 07:56:16 AM »

Thanks, guys. I know my agent is pretty busy and things tend to move slowly...it's a great lesson in patience.  innocent
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 09:09:50 AM »

Thanks, guys. I know my agent is pretty busy and things tend to move slowly...it's a great lesson in patience.  innocent

Don't let it drag on for months, though.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2017, 09:57:30 AM »

Thanks, Tabris. I thought I would check in if I haven't heard anything after six weeks. Does that sound about right? Give 'em an update on my WIP and see where they are in the reading process.
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2017, 10:49:00 AM »

I'd just ask now: how long do you think you'll need to get to it, that way I don't pester you too soon? 

It depends on your relationship with the agent, of course, but if you joke around, keep it light and just ask about the timeframe. Then in your head, double it and add two weeks, because things are always going to crop up.
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 01:31:10 PM »

I'd just ask now: how long do you think you'll need to get to it, that way I don't pester you too soon? 

Genius.
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2017, 06:15:30 AM »

I'd just ask now: how long do you think you'll need to get to it, that way I don't pester you too soon? 

Genius.

More like "you get good ideas by having bad experiences."  wink2
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