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Offline goldie10

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Question about Re-querying An Agency
« on: July 21, 2019, 10:08:52 AM »
Question for those agencies that aren't one and done.

Most agencies ask you not to simultaneously submit to multiple agents at the same agency. I get that. But  what do you do if the agent you queried never replies? I've queried several and suspect they won't respond.

Is there an acceptable timeframe where it would be okay to move on? What have others done? 

Offline Tabris

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Re: Question about Re-querying An Agency
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2019, 12:24:22 PM »
If the agent's profile says "If you haven't heard from me in six weeks..." then I'd follow the agent's personal guidelines (plus 20%.) If they're always CNR but don't say how long to wait, then eight weeks seems more than fair.

If they indicate that they do send rejections, that gets trickier. I don't know that you can nudge on just a query. Maybe look at the QT stats to get a sense of whether your query is caught in "still considering it" limbo.

After three months, I'd think you're more than clear, but no one wants to wait three months if they don't have to. :-b

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Re: Question about Re-querying An Agency
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 10:20:37 AM »
If it says that you can query an agent after a certain amount of time has passed then I'd do it. Agents know that authors aren't going to wait around to hear back from a specific agent before querying another. I queried one agent in January and when I heard nothing from them I went ahead and queried another from the same industry.

P.s The agent ended up responding to my query about 7 months later.