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Offline boxofredpens

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Agent’s request is confusing
« on: January 07, 2020, 09:31:34 AM »
Not sure what to make of this... I received an email from an agent asking for a partial, yet the email subject said “Full manuscript request.” (Best email subject line of my life, btw)

What’s a writer to do?

Offline Munley

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Re: Agent’s request is confusing
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 12:15:36 PM »
Can't say for sure what the best thing to do is, just what I would do:

I would send send the full manuscript. Hit REPLY so that the subject lines says "Re: Full Manuscript Request for  [Title] "

Submit as an attachment or as inline text -- whatever the agent asked for.

I would include a note to the effect:

". . . Since the full manuscript was requested in the subject line of your email, I'm assuming the request for a partial in the letter was a mistake, so I'm [attaching] the full manuscript."

Can't hurt. The agent is free to stop reading at any point, regardless.

Congratulations on the request and good luck!


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Re: Agent’s request is confusing
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 01:29:33 PM »
Agreed, I'd send the full as well. An agent can turn a full into a partial at any point, after all.

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Re: Agent’s request is confusing
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 01:32:26 PM »
Thank you so much for all your great points, Munley and Tabris!! Whew!