For reasons I won't get into, my personal life is going to be an unholy mess soon. I've been sending out queries and the responses are pretty good. How upfront should I be with a prospective agent about the soon-to-be shambles of my life?
Be upfront but NOT in the query. This is information I'll need to hear in our conversation after I've read your manuscript.
If you've got a problem, it's better to know ahead of time so we can plan effectively. If you don't tell me, and my emails start to disappear into the ether, my first thought is that you're a flake not that your life is having its way with you.
Shambles can cover a lot of things: illness, divorce, impending arrival of a child (for both mother and father!) moving, taking a new job. Even expected events can arrive in unexpected ways (like my dear friend's first baby who arrived 90 days early and introduced us all to the miracle of neo-natal intensive care.)
What you're really wondering is whether, upon hearing this, an agent will run screaming for the exit. That's a realistic concern, and certainly some might.
And I hope that us sharkly types will realize that letting a mermaid hold our fin while her tail is being mended is a very good use for fins.
That's not photoshop, dear reader!
Query on, be up front, and plan for success.
May 2016 be a terrific year for you.