I have officially purchased my hamster wheel! After years of prep, I've begun to query. I've kept my mind off the wait by editing my next book and outlining the one after that.Get off that hamster wheel and get back to writing!
I have one full out (woo) but with somebody who tends to have a year+ backlog of fulls (boo). And I've realized: between very long full waits, ambiguous NORMANs, and finding new agents who might love Project A long after I've given up and started querying Project B/C/D, I'll end up with multiple projects floating around.
If you get an offer, do you only notify everyone with the same project? Or everyone with anything and a note of "I've been offered on something else, want to see that too?" Except if I get a rogue offer on Project A, the person looking at Project B likely already rejected Project A?? Here I go, SPIN SPIN SPIN.
Here's the definitive answer: you notify everyone who has requested a partial or full manuscript, and has not yet passed.
So: do you notify:
1. An agent you've queried? NO* (unless it's been less than 30 days)
2. An agent who requested A when you have an offer on B? YES
3. An agent who passed on B, but requested A, and you have an offer on B? YES
4. An agent who passed on A, and didn't respond to the query for B? NO*
5. An agent who passed on A, requested B, and it's been a long silence since? YES
6. An agent who passed on A, passed on B, but is your dream agent so why not?/NO
7. An agent who never responded after requesting A, B, C and Q/YES
*unless it's been less than 30 days---30 days is the window for a response to a query. If you have an offer, and you queried me less than 29 days ago, let me know.
Here's how you can answer this question with any permutation:
If you accept any offer of representation from an agent, they will represent all of your work (presumably.) Thus another agent can no longer sign you. Thus: Notify an agent who still is considering any of your projects.
Here's how the email looks:
Dear Agent SlowPoke,
I've received an offer of representation for my novel Steve Forti Versus the Word Prompts (a lexicography novel with a acrobatics). You requested another novel of mine Carolynn Adds An N on (date.) The offering agent has asked for my answer on (date.) Love and kisses, you.
You'll be just fine here since you're not actively trying to hoodwink anyone.
Of course you have questions. Fire away!