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Whimsigirl
01-28-2015, 10:10 PM
Hey everyone,

I happily just got a request for a full, but it's for a manuscript that I've shelved and no longer want to send out to agents because it has pacing and structuring issues.

Is it poor form to write back to the requesting agent and ask whether she'd be willing to look at my current project instead (I'd send a query and sample pages)?

Much thanks in advance.

Marlys
01-28-2015, 10:34 PM
Hey everyone,

I happily just got a request for a full, but it's for a manuscript that I've shelved and no longer want to send out to agents because it has pacing and structuring issues.

Is it poor form to write back to the requesting agent and ask whether she'd be willing to look at my current project instead (I'd send a query and sample pages)?

Much thanks in advance.

Tough one. According to your sig line, your shelved novel is contemporary, and the one you're querying is fantasy. Even if the agent takes both, there's a chance she is looking specifically for something she saw in the query for your contemporary. Any chance you can tell her you noticed an issue in the shelved project, and would be happy to send it to her in a few weeks once you've resolved it? Then, whip it into the best shape you can in that time, and send it off. You could include a note about the newer work as well.

Marlys
01-28-2015, 10:34 PM
Wow, that was fast. Best of luck, whatever happened!

Old Hack
01-28-2015, 11:15 PM
Please don't delete your posts like that once your question is resolved: AW is for all of its members, not just you, and other people might have been helped if you'd left it intact.

ETA: Also, I see you asked the same question elsewhere on AW. (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9265500#post9265500)AW is huge as it is: if people make multiple posts, it will collapse. Please don't. Thanks.

Whimsigirl
01-28-2015, 11:20 PM
Please don't delete your posts like that once your question is resolved: AW is for all of its members, not just you, and other people might have been helped if you'd left it intact.

ETA: Also, I see you asked the same question elsewhere on AW. (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9265500#post9265500)AW is huge as it is: if people make multiple posts, it will collapse. Please don't. Thanks.

Thanks for the advice, OH. I'll keep that in mind for future reference. But just for clarification, my question on the other thread was similar, but not the same as this one.

Whimsigirl
01-28-2015, 11:24 PM
Tough one. According to your sig line, your shelved novel is contemporary, and the one you're querying is fantasy. Even if the agent takes both, there's a chance she is looking specifically for something she saw in the query for your contemporary. Any chance you can tell her you noticed an issue in the shelved project, and would be happy to send it to her in a few weeks once you've resolved it? Then, whip it into the best shape you can in that time, and send it off. You could include a note about the newer work as well.

Thanks Marlys, I decided to do something similar to what you suggested. I really appreciate the advice.

InkStainedWench
01-29-2015, 08:24 PM
If I may pet-peeve for a moment: Getting a full request after you've already shelved the book suggests this is one of those molasses-paced agents who takes FOREVER to respond to queries. Or maybe one of those silence=no agents.

"Well, better get to that slush pile. What's this? Oh, an MG fantasy about a kid named Harry Potter. Sounds promising..."