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08-05-2009, 07:44 AM
How long before you can query an agent about a partial submission?

I had a partial request about a month ago, and I haven't heard back yet. The agent does not have a "You can query after ______ days" in her guidelines.

Don't worry, I know a month isn't long enough to bother an agent yet, but I wanted to see if there's an accepted time frame for this sort of thing.

Also, I'm a bit paranoid because the agent said I could submit the partial through e-mail, and as I doubted she wanted 50 pages in the body of an e-mail, I sent it as an attachment. But now I'm worried that it was sent to a spam box because of the attachment, since agents normally don't like attachments and all...

Yeah, can you tell I'm anxious? :) Thanks for the help.

08-05-2009, 03:49 PM
I don't see any harm in sending a polite email asking whether they received it OK. I'd do it now, to put your mind at rest.

08-05-2009, 03:59 PM
Someone once told me to status query requests every two months.

I sometimes give them three the first time around.

08-05-2009, 04:51 PM
Hmmm, okay. Kind of opposing viewpoints there. As much as I'd like to verify she received it, I think I'm more comfortable waiting till an accepted time frame passes before sending another e-mail.

Two or Three months sounds about right for a partial, but then, I really don't know.

08-05-2009, 05:01 PM
I think you'd be fine sending a "did you get it?" email now, but the typical wait time is 3 months for partials.