My first partial request

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Re: My first partial request

Post by Sommer Leigh » May 12th, 2010, 9:40 pm

Congrats to you!!! How wonderful and exciting. Keep us posted ok?
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Re: My first partial request

Post by Ishta » May 12th, 2010, 10:56 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!

We're all pulling for you. Let us know how it goes!

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Re: My first partial request

Post by bcomet » May 13th, 2010, 12:34 pm

Thanks Marilyn, Robin, Sommer, Ishta. Wow, you guys! Thanks! It's really just a step. Okay, admitting tap dancing a bit about it too. So nice to share the dance moves though with you guys.

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Re: My first partial request

Post by FK7 » May 13th, 2010, 5:32 pm

If you get a request for a full following the partial I shall make a dance of happiness around a campfire in your honor :D

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Re: My first partial request

Post by bcomet » June 13th, 2010, 12:27 am

Yeah!!!! My second request for a partial!!!!!!! Whoopppieeeee!

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Re: My first partial request

Post by aspiring_x » June 13th, 2010, 1:24 am

way to go!

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Re: My first partial request

Post by Petronella » June 13th, 2010, 5:50 pm

Way behind as usual, but you have my heartfelt congratulations and good luck wishes.

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Re: My first partial request

Post by RLS » June 13th, 2010, 9:18 pm

Best of luck to you. That's exciting.

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Re: My first partial request

Post by bcomet » June 14th, 2010, 2:03 am

aspiring_x, Petronella, and RLS,

Thank you for your support. This is so exciting. I feel we are all in this together!

Much camaraderie!

-bcomet

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Re: My first partial request

Post by marilyn peake » June 15th, 2010, 2:06 am

Way to go, bcomet! That's wonderful!
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Novels: THE FISHERMAN’S SON TRILOGY and GODS IN THE MACHINE. Numerous short stories. Contributor to BOOK: THE SEQUEL. Editor of several additional books. Awards include Silver Award, 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards.

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Re: My first partial request

Post by bcomet » June 23rd, 2010, 3:18 pm

Thanks Marilyn!

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Re: My first partial request

Post by bcomet » June 23rd, 2010, 3:26 pm

Oh the anguish. I waited the full six weeks (that the agent website said to expect) for the review of my first partial and synopsis request.

So today, I checked in and resent my email as a reply to the original query response and partial request only to learn that the agent never received it previously. I just resisted checking in because I had not wanted to bug her.

So, I am gathering, for the future, that I should always hit "reply" and the keep the word "query" in the subject to make certain the agent gets it instead of the words "requested partial" (like I sent) which might bump it -whoops- into spam or deleted/unread email files. I think, it is also good to ask for confirmation (at the time you send in a partial) that it was received. The agent wrote me back immediately today that she now had received the materials.

So probably six more weeks...but at least she accepted it six weeks later.

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Re: My first partial request

Post by Quill » June 23rd, 2010, 8:25 pm

Awww, that's too bad. I feel for you. At least you still have that iron in the fire.

This submission business is so darn tricky!

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Re: My first partial request

Post by bcomet » September 20th, 2010, 6:29 pm

Report of last two partial requests by agents:
Well, it didn't go beyond that, but the first request (one of my dream agents!) wrestled with the manuscript for four months (anything more than eight weeks with them is a serious deliberation)
before they passed.
And I made friends!
How cool is that?

The second liked the writing but passed.

Both agents were worried about how the book fit their "agency direction", but gave me great feedback.
That they even considered my book meant the world to me. I couldn't be more flattered.

And Now, I am going completely bonkers.
I've been talking with an acquisitions editor. First a synopsis, then a partial, now a full!

Shivers up the backbone!
They are making it very clear that they are interested.
And I am also trying very hard to remember that an agent or publisher has to fit my vision
for the book too and meditating on The Courage of Conviction in my work.

But how I wish I had an agent to sort through this for me and hold my hand.
Talking to publishers directly is a lot of swimming in the big water for a little writer.

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Re: My first partial request

Post by Holly » September 20th, 2010, 9:11 pm

bcomet wrote: But how I wish I had an agent to sort through this for me and hold my hand.
Talking to publishers directly is a lot of swimming in the big water for a little writer.
bcomet, best of luck to you.

Well-known science fiction writer Robert Sawyer says "When you get an offer from a book publisher, find yourself an agent to negotiate the contract." http://www.sfwriter.com/beginner.htm If the publisher makes an offer, I would tell them that I wanted an agent to handle it and then would contact agencies.

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