View Full Version : First Partial Request!

03-28-2014, 01:05 AM

I wanted to share the exciting news with you guys. I got my first partial manuscript request!! I sent my query letter out to about five agencies to test the effectiveness.

A day later, I got response from a really big agency. I'm kind of freaking out. I know its still kind of a long shot, and most partials don't go anywhere, but it so good to get any kind of positive response. AH! Dying.

HUGE thanks to everyone who helped with my query letter. <3

03-28-2014, 01:28 AM
Congrats and good luck!!

03-28-2014, 02:42 AM
That is exciting! Congrats!

Siri Kirpal
03-28-2014, 03:50 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Congrats and best of luck!


Siri Kirpal

03-28-2014, 05:44 PM




03-28-2014, 05:55 PM
CGs and good luck with the request!

03-28-2014, 06:19 PM
Congrats and good luck!

03-28-2014, 06:35 PM

L. Y.
03-31-2014, 11:22 AM
Congrats and good luck! :)

03-31-2014, 01:43 PM
Whoo, congratulations ^^

03-31-2014, 04:50 PM

03-31-2014, 06:25 PM
Crossing my fingers for you!

03-31-2014, 08:55 PM
Good luck, Reflected!

04-01-2014, 12:06 AM
Omg Gray, congratz! I am so proud of/happy for you! Obviously it's a very good query letter, and I'm sure your manuscript is excellent! Best of luck, and let us know how it goes!

Also, for curiosity's sake, what is your word count and how long did it take you to write/edit it (if you don't mind my asking)?

04-01-2014, 12:09 AM
Congrats and good luck!

Lady MacBeth
04-01-2014, 01:22 AM

04-01-2014, 11:00 AM
Thanks all! :)

Valkyrie: My word count is too long. Haha, JK kind of. When I first finished it I had around 113k words, and then I got it down to 100kish.

I started this particular project in June of 2013. Wow. I can't believe its almost been a year. I finished my first physical write through in around 5 months. I've been letting it breathe / editing ever since with various levels of dedication. I like to take some time off after finishing a first draft to get some space from it.

04-01-2014, 10:42 PM
Congratulations - I remember the query and it sounds like an interesting story. Good luck!

04-01-2014, 11:44 PM
Thanks for letting me know, Gray! And yikes, that's a lot of words cut. Was it easy, or did you have to sacrifice some scenes as well? I'm not looking forward to tearing my manuscript up, lol.

04-02-2014, 01:42 AM
Thanks for letting me know, Gray! And yikes, that's a lot of words cut. Was it easy, or did you have to sacrifice some scenes as well? I'm not looking forward to tearing my manuscript up, lol.

I had to take out some scenes and streamline the plotline in places. The whole thing was rather painful, but all in all I actually think made the plot stronger/tighter. It allowed me to take out paragraphs / ideas that were kind of weak without feeling like I was sacrificing something I worked hard on. Just cutting the fluff got me a lot of the way.

After that, I did have to take out some scenes. That was kind of hard. I had to remove portions that I actually really liked, but that didn't truly move the story forward. I saved them in a separate document, though i'm sure they will never see the light of day.

I had to do a lot of cutting for my pervious manuscript as well. I really do think it makes the whole story better. I figure its so much better to remove the mediocre segments than fight to create a full story.

Good luck! I think the most painful part was the first few deletes. I think you'll like the end result better for it.

04-02-2014, 04:31 AM
That's exciting! Congrats!!

04-02-2014, 05:23 AM
Congradulations. :D Good luck.

04-03-2014, 01:14 PM
That's great to hear! The good thing is you can always put those deleted scenes up for your readers- I'm sure they'll enjoy them!

04-12-2014, 03:33 PM
Exciting stuff! Bet you feel on top of the world right now :) Congratulations!