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Offline 12yearovernitesuccess

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From Partial to Full?
« 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

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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2009, 04:29:30 PM »
Me too.  But now I consider "cold fulls" to be "full length partials."    :wink:

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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 09:36:36 AM »
EXACTLY.

But the ego boost is still undeniable. :up:
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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 09:39:04 AM »
Full-off-Partial is the bees' knees. 

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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2009, 02:45:01 PM »
Wow, thanks for the stats, Jeannie!  Karma for you!  :clap:

This is very helpful. 

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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #8 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:

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Re: From Partial to Full?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2009, 02:48:06 AM »
Thanks Mike & Knight. I'll definitely be singing it from the rooftops once things are settled!
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