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copperbeech
03-02-2010, 01:31 AM
Greetings, All!
If an agent doesn't cite a turnaround time for response after requesting a full manuscript, what's the suggested interval to wait before sending a status inquiry?
Thanks for your thoughts!

/nailbiting

waylander
03-02-2010, 01:34 AM
3 months
After that send an achingly polite status request once a month until they respond or the world ends, whichever comes first. (As advised by Nathan Bransford)

Bartholomew
03-02-2010, 01:39 AM
Poking agents is best done with a stick.

Wayne K
03-02-2010, 01:40 AM
I was going to say three months and a day, but I'll never doubt Nathan

scarletpeaches
03-02-2010, 01:44 AM
Only because you've got a crush on him.

dgrintalis
03-02-2010, 01:45 AM
I sent a follow-up email two months to the day to one agent. He responded in a day to let me know he hadn't read it yet. He then responded a few days later to let me know he'd read it and was sending it up the food chain with his recommendation. So we'll see how it all plays out.

Just be polite with your inquiry and wait for a response.

Paul
03-02-2010, 01:51 AM
em, what does poking mean in the US?

cos here....

skippingstone
03-02-2010, 03:45 AM
It means snogging.

I think.

copperbeech
03-02-2010, 07:39 AM
LOL
You are all beautiful, poke-able people.
Thanks for your thoughts!

Scoody
03-02-2010, 07:48 AM
My dirty mind saw the title of the thread as "PORKING Agents" and was thinking if only I was so good looking as to be able to get away with something so unethical.

shaldna
03-02-2010, 01:06 PM
About three months I would say.

#1,Jennifer
03-03-2010, 07:30 AM
My dirty mind saw the title of the thread as "PORKING Agents" and was thinking if only I was so good looking as to be able to get away with something so unethical.
HA HA HA, now this was funny.

Jamesaritchie
03-03-2010, 08:06 PM
Two months. An agent may not be finished by then, but any agent who can't gladly give you a status report, and a completion deadline, after two months is a bad joke.

CheekyWench
03-03-2010, 08:09 PM
So, you've poked the agent for requested info... what happens when they don't respond to your poke?

copperbeech
03-04-2010, 02:48 AM
I hadn't thought of a non-answer. Now I have a poking complex.

waylander
03-04-2010, 04:30 PM
So, you've poked the agent for requested info... what happens when they don't respond to your poke?

I refer you to answer#2

AryaT92
03-04-2010, 04:30 PM
I wish I could poke editors..

CheekyWench
03-04-2010, 04:36 PM
I refer you to answer#2

Yep. Three months of poking. No response.

I wish they'd just reject me, already. Form letter is fine at this point. I won't be that pissy, promise. lol

copperbeech
03-05-2010, 01:51 AM
All right. Fine. I poked. We'll see what comes.
Thanks for your immoral support.

skippingstone
03-05-2010, 02:31 AM
I hope you wore a condom when you poked.

Wayne K
03-05-2010, 02:38 AM
Only because you've got a crush on him.
I didn't see this well thought out response.

Can ya imagine, he thinks I'm after him for his agentry? I'm in awe of this guy. If I was him, I'd have 'em lined up around the block. :D

copperbeech
03-05-2010, 06:30 AM
I hope you wore a condom when you poked.

*&^$#@!! I knew I forgot something!

Condoms are like proofreading... takes all the fun out of it...

copperbeech
03-14-2010, 11:45 PM
Well, I poked. No banana. Now I'm more distressed.

Maddie
03-24-2010, 10:23 PM
Seriously, here's another "poking" question. I have an agent who, without signing me, asked my permission to send the manuscript to an editor at a major publishing house the agent has a long history with, to get feedback on the novel. I gave permission - as the agent has integrity, especially on this site.

The "poking" question is: I gave permission on 2/16, and today is 3/24. How long should I wait before inquiring about the status of the agent's request to the editor? Should I wait until 4/16, when two months have passed? I don't know what the standard on this should be.

Thanks!

copperbeech
04-13-2010, 05:42 AM
Since this was an outside the norm situation, I'd be poking already. But consider the source. My poke was impotent. I've still not heard a thing back. I consider that just rude.

Maddie
04-13-2010, 08:31 PM
Yes, I think there should be a response. I did follow-up a week ago, but have heard nothing back yet. I'm ready to move forward.