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Title: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: Alniah on October 12, 2011, 09:18:37 AM
If I decide to query an agent who had requested a partial/full for my previous novel, should I mention that in my new project's query?
Title: Re: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: bodwen on October 12, 2011, 09:27:03 AM
Probably not.  Unless the agent asked if she can see your other manuscripts at the time that she rejected you.
Title: Re: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: Tabris on October 12, 2011, 09:38:37 AM
I did mention it and got repeat requests. I think it's up to you. If the agent sent a personalized rejection, I think it would be fine to mention the previous work.
Title: Re: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: Alniah on October 12, 2011, 09:59:56 AM
Thanks guys! I know it's like I'm scared if I mention it they'll be like "oh, wait, that aweful masnuscript, was it?"
Title: Re: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: bodwen on October 12, 2011, 10:50:18 AM

It's more likely they will have completely forgotten it.   :'(
Title: Re: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: B on October 12, 2011, 08:44:51 PM
I've queried several agents who requested on the previous manuscript and 1/2 the time they've requested again. Which...doesn't really help answer your question at all, I'm now realizing.  :up:
Title: Re: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: Tabris on October 12, 2011, 08:46:48 PM

It's more likely they will have completely forgotten it.   :'(

You'd be surprised. One literary agent told me, "I never forget a story," and something another agent said once confirmed that.
Title: Re: Should you mention previous agent request?
Post by: JeanneG on October 12, 2011, 10:39:47 PM
 :agree: with Tabris. In fact, I never forget a story I've read. I may not recognize my creative writing students, but if they mention their book/story, I know exactly what they're talking about. Even years later.

It's a gift--or maybe a curse. Who knows???  :crazy:

JeanneG