by Vijay K Kerji
Question: I thank you for your time to read and answer the questions.
I have submitted my proposal(synopsis, initial chapters) to a few agents and publishers. A few publishers have responded and some of them haven't replied even after six weeks. Their website doesn't mention any time frame either.
1. Should I send my complete manuscript to those who have rejected my proposal for reconsideration?
2. Is it all right if I remind those who haven't replied yet? And what is the average time frame I need to wait before asking the agents?
Any informative guidelines on the this matter is really appreciated.Answer:
The standard practice is... if someone has rejected your proposal, don't approach them again with the same work. You only get one chance. (The exception is if they specifically say they will look at it again after you make certain changes, but that's rare.)
For that matter, if you query one agent at an agency and they reject, don't then query another agent at the same agency.
I know some publishers can take up to six months to reply to an unsolicited manuscript submission. Agents are usually faster regarding queries, but it all depends on the agent and their current workload.
If an agent requests a full manuscript, it may be polite to let the others know who haven't got back to you, but I wouldn't hound them too much.
Of course, there are people who break such guidelines out of desperation, but if you make a habit of it, you won't endear yourself to those in the industry.
Querying is a frustrating process that tests every writer's resolve, especially since luck and timing seem to play as big a role as quality of writing.
If you have received good feedback on your book from people you trust, all you can do is be patient and persistent.
Best of luck.