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2 questions: nudging and response times
« on: July 30, 2012, 05:40:57 PM »
I was wondering how one goes about nudging either a query or a partial?

Also, what is reasonable for a partial? (in other words, when does a partial request become a no response means no or the inevitability of a form rejection?)
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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 06:53:09 PM »
Dear Ms. Agent:

I was looking over my records and realized I hadn't heard back from you about my 3/1/12 submission, AWESOME TITLE, about {five or six word tagline for story}. I understand you're very busy, but I am concerned either my submission or your response got lost.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 08:52:12 PM »
Personally I wouldn't nudge on a query. Check the agent website and the comments & reports on the QT main site. They may simply be a non-responder. Or you might be able to re-query if they say they always respond within x number of weeks, and that time has elapsed.

And I wouldn't nudge on partials either,but maybe that's just me? I don't want to clog up an agent's inbox. From doing some digging it seems the average is around 3 to 6 months (or even more) to respond on partials/fulls. How long have yours been out? Has it been over 6 months?

So far the only agent I have nudged with one of my fulls is because I am about to start querying MS#2. This agent is closed to queries, but I wanted to see if she was sufficiently interested in my writing, to look at my next project.

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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012, 11:30:11 PM »
I do nudge, depending on the agents. Obviously, if they give a time frame and then a 'no response means no' that's easy. I've seen agents on Twitter say they've had problems with queries getting caught in spam, so nudging after 8-12 weeks is reasonable, but again, it depends on the agent. Some post where they are in reviewing queries etc. On partials/fulls, I've read on this forum that 3 months for a partial and 4-6 months for a full is customary.

Truthfully, there is no one right way to do it. It is agent dependent, but the data launcher can be helpful. I'm about to nudge a few agents that I queried in May. My criteria? They usually respond. They encourage authors to re-query if no response in X weeks. The worst that can happen is to nudge a no. I'd rather know.
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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012, 02:49:04 AM »
It does really depend on the circumstances and the agent's policies, and I would agree with dscanon1 that the data launcher can be extremely helpful in comparing response times for queries. If I see that an agent is pretty diligent in responding within a given timeframe and she/he has already responded to most of the queries that were submitted after mine, I re-send it just in case it did get lost. One caveat is that the QT database is dependent on its users to keep their responses up-to-date and accurate.

Problem is, more and more agents these days are implementing a "no answer means no" policy which is a source of endless frustration to us writers when we are trying to second-guess if a) they never received the query; b)they got it but they're not interested; c)they might be interested but are just too busy to respond. Unfortunately, there are just too many variables and too much ambiguity in this business!
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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2012, 06:44:28 AM »
Yeah, my nudge was for partials only. Rather than nudge on a query, I just re-queried on the assumption that the thing got lost, and then only on agents who generally responded. NRMN agents I would X off right away. In fact, there were some agents who, because they had a No Response policy and because they were the only agent at the agency I would care to query, I would query and mark "closed/no response" the same day, that way I wasn't waiting on something that would never happen.

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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012, 11:22:17 AM »
The query is someone I would love as an agent, and she responds but it has been 2 months and nothing...so I am wanting to requery.
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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012, 11:37:54 AM »
Do you have access to the data explorer? If not, DM me the agent's name and I'll look back through the data explorer to see if she's caught up to around the time you queried her.

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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2012, 01:38:08 PM »
Thanks Tabris, I checked and there are queries after mine rejected and requested for before and after mine. There are still some blanks too, so it's hard to know if my query got lost or not. She def isn't a no response agent which is why I'm on the fence. Perhaps one more week?

I guess I'm a bit mad at myself because I sent a query that wasn't perfect and the one I have now is so much better. The one I used for her isn't bad, but there is one clunky sentence so I'm kind of hoping it got lost. :)
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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2012, 06:24:42 PM »
Oh, Carey, send the query again! It's not that big a deal if she gets it twice. They skip over queries sometimes and sometimes we send one twice.  :wink:
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Re: 2 questions: nudging and response times
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2012, 10:13:01 PM »
Agree, send again.
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