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You know her, Right?

Post by Hillsy » December 13th, 2011, 10:08 am

My aimless maulings at the internet haven't turned anything up so guess the "group mind" of the Bransforum is next.

Got a rejection of a partial. No Biggie. But in it she mentioned it might be worth querying one of her fellow agents (because of genre fit). Ok, cool......

Question is: When query said agent, should I mention the first agent pointed me that way, or just treat it as a fresh start? Anyone had this problem/come across advice on how to approach it?

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Post by CharleeVale » December 13th, 2011, 11:55 am

Do they work at the same agency?

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Post by HillaryJ » December 13th, 2011, 1:08 pm

Hillsy wrote:Question is: When query said agent, should I mention the first agent pointed me that way, or just treat it as a fresh start? Anyone had this problem/come across advice on how to approach it?
Sorry about the rejection, Hillsy.

I would probably mention it, in a casual way such as: "I was given your name by [ ]" and then launch into the query pitch.

Nothing formal or indicating it was a recommendation or that you're besties with the other agent, but enough to catch her eye.

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Post by Hillsy » December 13th, 2011, 1:41 pm

CharleeVale wrote:Do they work at the same agency?

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Yeah they are, CV

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Post by Hillsy » December 13th, 2011, 1:44 pm

HillaryJ wrote: Sorry about the rejection, Hillsy.

I would probably mention it, in a casual way such as: "I was given your name by [ ]" and then launch into the query pitch.

Nothing formal or indicating it was a recommendation or that you're besties with the other agent, but enough to catch her eye.

Good luck!
S'ok....rejection is good...got to the partial stage so I can't complain too much...hehe

I thought something along the same lines, but then there's the thing about never mentioning rejections on a query I'm sure I've read before. Hence the quandry I'm in... :roll:

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Post by CharleeVale » December 13th, 2011, 2:03 pm

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CharleeVale wrote:Do they work at the same agency?

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Yeah they are, CV
Then I definitely don't think that a small mention of the referral is out of place. I'm surprised the agent didn't just forward the query on. I hear they do a lot of that. But yeah, I don't think it's a problem to mention it. Probably more of a good thing.

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Post by HillaryJ » December 13th, 2011, 5:24 pm

Hillsy wrote:
HillaryJ wrote: I thought something along the same lines, but then there's the thing about never mentioning rejections on a query I'm sure I've read before. Hence the quandry I'm in... :roll:
I don't think you need to mention the rejection, just say that [agent] mentioned [other agent] as possibly being a good fit. Likely the agents will speak, but that's not unusual. If you are uncomfortable, just do a straight query to the new agent if you like her reputation.
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Post by Mira » December 16th, 2011, 5:02 pm

Oh, absolutely mention the referral!!!!

Referrals are very rare, from my understanding. They are not given lightly, because agents are overwhelmed with queries. One co-worker would not frivolously refer to another. That's like giving your co-worker extra work, for no reason.

If this agent read your partial and referred you to her colleague,I don't think it's really a rejection. It means she doesn't represent your genre, but was impressed enough to put her stamp of approval on it.

Go for it - and I'd mention the referral in the very first line!

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