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Offline Alniah

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How would you interpret this?
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:46:37 AM »
When an agent says they had someone else read your MS too, whar does it mean?
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Re: How would you interpret this?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 11:07:39 AM »
I would ask for clarification.  It could be a fellow agent, it could be a family member, or it could be an editor.  All of these mean very different things.

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Re: How would you interpret this?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 11:51:03 AM »
It means the agent saw potential but wasn't certain about some aspects and wanted a second opinion so she could talk about the manuscript. Probably with another professional, but it might be someone who has expertise in a specific area. (That way the agent would have an expert's opinion if, say, your novel was about cancer and you were making up half the facts, a reader wtih expertise would be able to say, "No, this is a whole lot of garbage" or "Yeah, it's just like that!")

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Re: How would you interpret this?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 03:40:59 PM »
It's a sign they saw something that interested them.  :up:

Keeping my fingers crossed for you!  :ride:
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Re: How would you interpret this?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 03:44:49 PM »
It's a sign they saw something that interested them.  :up:

Keeping my fingers crossed for you!  :ride:

Thanks Margic_Seeker but it was an R. The agent said it took her a long time to respond because she had someone else read it. I was just curious.
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Re: How would you interpret this?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 04:07:34 PM »
It means the agent was close but on the fence and wanted a second opinion. That's a very good sign for your manuscript. Congrats. Sorry about the rejection, but it sounds like you are on to something.
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Re: How would you interpret this?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2011, 04:27:02 PM »
Thanks guys for the encouragements and the comments.

This R was on my trunked novel so it didn't hurt too much, only asserted the fact that the novel needed to be left behind. I am about 10K away from having my new WIP completed so that is keeping me excited enough  :wink:
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Re: How would you interpret this?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2011, 04:38:32 PM »
I'd say it was a good sign for your writing.  I'd take it to mean the project was almost there.  They don't think about things they don't like.  They're trying to decide if they can sell it.