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Title: From Partial to Full?
Post by: 12yearovernitesuccess on March 23, 2009, 09:21:24 PM
Hi All,

You're all such a wealth of knowledge and experience, I'm hoping you can answer this question, if only theoretically.

What's the potential offer rate from an agent who requested a partial (first 50, synopsis, chapter summary and bio) and then requested a full?  Any oddsmakers out there?

Thanks,
Susan
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: bodwen on March 23, 2009, 10:14:30 PM
I think that calculating the exact odds might be tough, since an offer of representation tends to put the kibosh on further research.   ;D

Right now I'm 0 for 3, with one more still out there.  I've often wondered if that's good/bad/or typical.

Consider a full request off a partial to be a sign of victory -- an agent read the beginning of your work and they wanted to keep going!  That doesn't happen to everyone.
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: AshK on March 24, 2009, 06:34:20 AM
I used to think cold fulls were the big shizzle, but now I believe the full-off-partial definitely reigns supreme as the mark of unmistakable interest. As long as we work chapters 4 through the end as furiously as the first three, we should fare well.
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: bodwen on March 24, 2009, 04:29:30 PM
Me too.  But now I consider "cold fulls" to be "full length partials."    :wink:
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: AshK on March 26, 2009, 09:36:36 AM
EXACTLY.

But the ego boost is still undeniable. :up:
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: tradergirl on March 26, 2009, 09:39:04 AM
Full-off-Partial is the bees' knees. 

TG
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: jeannie_lin on April 28, 2009, 11:42:36 PM
I'm actually in the midst of this. I would be depressed if I saw this while querying because I didn't think it would be this tough, but my situation is hopefully atypical!

I've received 9 full requests off of partials first.
So far:
5 rejections
1 waiting on response
2 offers
1 closed (I contacted to withdraw)

I'm not extremely hopeful on the one still open. So the rate for me was about 1 in five.

Modified: one more rejection while I was up lollygagging and refreshing my e-mail.
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: twoheadknight on April 29, 2009, 02:45:01 PM
Wow, thanks for the stats, Jeannie!  Karma for you!  :clap:

This is very helpful. 
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: YukonMike on April 29, 2009, 03:40:29 PM
I'm actually in the midst of this. I would be depressed if I saw this while querying because I didn't think it would be this tough, but my situation is hopefully atypical!

I've received 9 full requests off of partials first.
So far:
5 rejections
1 waiting on response
2 offers
1 closed (I contacted to withdraw)

I'm not extremely hopeful on the one still open. So the rate for me was about 1 in five.

Modified: one more rejection while I was up lollygagging and refreshing my e-mail.

Congrats on the two offers. When things settle down, make sure you share some of the details in the success stories thread. I love reading good news.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: From Partial to Full?
Post by: jeannie_lin on April 30, 2009, 02:48:06 AM
Thanks Mike & Knight. I'll definitely be singing it from the rooftops once things are settled!