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Author Topic: How long have folks waited for agent's notes?  (Read 1614 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2017, 04:58:50 PM »

If two weeks pass and you don't get your response, what are the consequences? Think about it now so you know what you'll do and won't just cave and give her another two weeks.
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« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2017, 08:09:08 AM »

Let us know how it goes
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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2017, 12:28:40 PM »

I've been thinking about consequences for a while.

She's a major player, and I know she's always up to her gills in work. She represents a good friend who's had phenomenal success with her but admits she can't organize her way out of a paper bag. In her defense, I'll say she e-mails me back immediately every time I contact her. I mean within the hour.

When she misses the next deadline, I'll call her and we'll talk. She's been available to talk both times I've called in the last four months, and my impression remains that the problem is 60% how busy she is, 35% how disorganized she is, and maybe 5% some BS.

One option I don't have is walking away to another agent. My book is definitely an acquired taste. This person is the first agent of dozens, and over a decade, who has loved it without qualification, and the only one to offer to rep. If I walk away, I'm walking away without other offers.
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« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2017, 02:38:23 PM »

I mean, my agent is a mega player, too, but she still gets my stuff back to me on time (sooner than I usually expect, actually.)

Hopefully she'll get back to you this time and this will just be a small bump in the road of better time management going forward
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« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2017, 11:55:23 AM »

Yeah, Sarah, the first agent who took me was much, much better at the day-to-day. We parted when I didn't write the book she was hoping I'd write, which led to three years in the wilderness. If I'd just written that book, my second one would probably be in some publisher's catalog by now.
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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2017, 06:27:01 PM »

My agent takes about 2 months, but my MS comes back HEAVILY marked up with a detailed editorial letter. The wait's hard, but it's always worth it!
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