This is the same basic question that caused me to start this thread. Mr. Bransford was kind enough to weigh in on it.brando wrote:All great information. What about this, though: you send your query via email and within the hour you get a request for a full. Your ms. is ready, more or less, but could use, as always, some tweaking. IE, you are not ready to just send it out within seconds of receiving request. You'd like, in fact, to take a day or two. Question is: do you write back to agent to say thanks, that you'll have it to them in that time frame etc?
The answer is: don't worry about taking a few days to make another pass, and don't email them about it. Just send it off when it's ready.
On my first request for a full, I spent ten days making a final pass over the entire work. During that time, a request for a 75-page partial came in. They both got the benefit of the edit.
Last Friday, I got a second request for a full the same day the agent got my query (snail-mail). I sent that one off Monday morning (via e-mail), after I had gotten a chance (on Sunday), to make a pass over just the first chapter. I'm really glad I did.
Requests for material are exciting, but don't panic. Keep a level head. Remember, agents are very busy people. They have more things to read than there is time to read them. When that agent finally gets a moment to pick up your MS, you want them reading your very best work. So, if you think you can improve the work, take the time and do it.