It's been a few years since I last queried my manuscript. I sent out a handful and participated in some blog contests before my (now-ex) fiancé left. I'm happy now, but at the time, it sent my life into a crazy spiral of bad times and I stopped writing/querying altogether. Now that I'm back on my feet, I'm wondering what to do about some of the contacts I made during that time. Obviously the "thanks, but not for me" agents should be taken off my list--even though it's been a few years, they probably don't want to hear about the same manuscript again--but there is one situation I'm not sure about.
I participated in a query critique on an author's blog, and that author's editor (at a Big Six--or is it Big Five now?) contacted me and asked to see the ms. She said to send it whenever it was ready, but I don't know if "whenever" spans years. I figure I can of course just ask her and explain the situation, but I'm wondering what kind of response I might expect. Is it still worth it to try? Or did I blow that potential opportunity?
What's the downside of querying? None.
If it's a no, no loss.
If it's a yes, it's a plus.
Here's the caution though: don't go in to all the details about why you're querying now rather than then. Certainly not the level of detail in your first paragraph.
Simply say: Life happens, and boy did it happen to me, but I'm here now.
We've all had these situations happen. Acknowledge that it's been awhile, then get to the good stuff: your book.