I had a successful consultation with an agent over the phone after a missed conference appointment. The agent was excited about my ideas, especially one I hadn't written yet, and asked for a synopsis of it. I sent one, but no response.
The MS is now first-draft finished and the synopsis is significantly tighter. I'm debating on sending what I have so far (synopsis + 10 pages) per the sub guidelines, or waiting until the MS is polished and mentioning in my query that we spoke on the phone long ago.
My inclination is to wait, since I'm not overly concerned about speed, and I want the MS to be as ready as possible when I query. But am wondering if others have run into this same sort of tangle, and if there might be more than one way to skin this particular cat.
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Under no circumstances do you send anything before it is revised, polished, revised, honed, revised, perfected, revised, reconsidered, sweated on, bled on, revised and then finished.
An agent is NOT looking for a manuscript to edit or help you develop.
An agent is looking for a manuscript to SELL. The closer your manuscript is to sales-ready, the better your chances of getting an agent's close attention.
But the gist of what you're asking here is not "do I send something that's not ready" because you already have the correct inclination.
What you're wondering is how to make sure the agent remembers you if it takes awhile to RPRHRPRRS(on)B(on) and R your manuscript.
There are a couple good ways available to you now that weren't several years ago:
1. Drop a VERY short email to the agent, letting her know that you are RPRHRPRRS(on)B(on) and Ring your ms before you send it. This email is about three lines and might included "no reply needed just FYI" in the closing line. It will also include a reminder of the telephone call.
2. Follow the agent on Twitter and engage with her/him when you can.
3. Like her/his Facebook page and again, engage when you can.
4. If the fates align, attend a conference the agent will be attending and introduce yourself. This is more expensive and less efficacious than the first three options.
You'll skin the cat right out of her pajamas all in one fell swoop.