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mbowman
11-11-2015, 11:04 AM
Two years ago, I queried an agent about my manuscript and she responded saying it sounded interesting, however the books that she had on her plate at that time were heavily saturated in my genre. We had a rapport for a bit about that and other books I was working on, but she decided to pass on looking at it for this reason.

I have completely revised the same manuscript and am submitting it again and am considering sending it to this agent once more. Should I mention this in the query? Should I send her a separate email? Or should I not mention it at all. For what its worth, she never read a word of my actual writing, she was just going off of the query synopsis.

Thedrellum
11-11-2015, 09:24 PM
I would mention it, because otherwise she might wonder why you're querying her with the same project. Granted, she might not remember, but if you say nothing and she recognizes the plot or title or whatever, then she might just reject you out of hand.

gettingby
11-12-2015, 02:49 AM
Email! Seriously, you have this agent's email. You've emailed back and forth. This way you can more casually ask if she would have any interest, and I bet you hear back a lot sooner.

mbowman
11-12-2015, 03:49 AM
@gettingby: I am just worried that its not good etiquette, even if we did email back and forth (24 times, according to gmail) two years ago. Maybe I can attach a query to make it more professional?

quicklime
11-12-2015, 09:02 AM
I would mention it, but low-key....

"you may not remember me, but we were messaging back and forth about two years ago--at the time, you thought my novel was good but destined for an over-saturated genre. I've revised the novel, and feel it is much stronger for it, and it is also not coming at such a time of plenty--I hope you'll have a look and agree" or something similar.

That's MY inclination, which won't be your only opinion or worth more or less than many of the others, but you DID have her interest once. I would mention it, but try to do so somewhat obliquely, so it didn't come across like you expected a free ride or anything, a la "hey, fucker, two years ago you said 'Two Moons' was awesome, but you had too many alt-world MG titles, and now you don't, so you kind of owe me......"

Jeff C. Stevenson
11-19-2015, 09:23 PM
You could also email/respond to her using the last email she sent you. That way, she can scroll down and recall who you are and see by her own words she was interested. (I've done this many times and it usually works since it's basically using their own words to say, "See, you liked me one!":)

Bandicoot
11-20-2015, 12:04 AM
I very strongly feel that you should mention that earlier correspondence. Going by everything I have read, such feedback is very rare. Good luck. I do hope it works for you this time.