I've got a this-never-happens number of full manuscript requests - more requests than rejections. And I started out shooting for the stars, so these agents asking for fulls have some pretty awesome clients. Even got a revise and resubmit.
My question is I want so badly to brag about who's reading my manuscript right now and I'm not sure how much it's okay to tell the world. It seems bad form to post details like names and such on my blog, so I've stuck to telling my friends and family.
I know it's often bad PR to detail the querying process and whine about all the rejections, but what about when you want to celebrate these successes as you wait and cross your fingers for an offer? Should I stick to hinting that I've sent out full manuscripts, or can I say how many are out right now? Because I can't imagine agents would really want people knowing when they're reviewing a manuscript.
And I know you don't tell agents who else you've queried, or who else has the manuscript, but when I get to that point where I've got an offer and have to give the other agents with the manuscript the heads up, is there a point where I should be telling them how many other manuscripts are out there, etc?
And in the unlikely scenario that should I end up with a my-diamond-shoes-are-too-tight problem of fielding more than one offer, would you recommend asking to see the contract first, before deciding, or would that be rude, leading an agent on by getting them to send you a contract? Would you rather an author be blunt and say they've got multiple offers?
I'm delighted to hear that you're getting more requests for fulls than rejections. That's a terrific place to be in the query process and I hope you enjoy it to the fullest.
NONE of this goes on your blog, or on Twitter, or on Facebook. NONE.
You share this good news with your crit group, your very close friends and family. And you do so in moderation.
The reason you do this is cause, while I don't want to rain on your parade, requests are not offers; offers are not sales; sales are not careers. In other words, store up this joy for the long haul. You'll need it come winter, and trust me, George RR Martin was talking about publishing when he said "winter is coming."
The other reason is you don't want to create too much expectation on your blot/twitter/Facebook. You start yammering about this now, and two weeks from now people will want to know when they can buy the book. Don't squander your joy by spreading it out far and wide. Hang on to it; hold it close.
Keep up the good work, and keep mum.