I'm an American living in London. After months of reworking my query, I've finally gotten it to a place I'm happy with. In order to get some feedback before actually querying my novel, I shared my query on the forum of a UK literary magazine during an "Agent Extravaganza." I was not expecting to get a partial manuscript request, which is what happened. (!) I'm not sure what to do now. The request is from a UK agent, but I'm hoping for a US agent.
1) Do I still send along the partial manuscript? I don't want to waste the agent's time, but I also don't want to look like a doofus. 2) Should I be giving UK agents equal weight to their US counterparts? I assumed since I write in American English, my stories are set in the US, and the US is a bigger market, I should look for US agents. Is there anything I'm not considering?
So, you posted something during an Agent Extravaganza expecting feedback?
Was that the purpose of the event?
My guess is that it wasn't since offering feedback isn't what we do. Requesting stuff is what we do!
And now you've got a request. The irony!
(at least you know you've got something interesting!)
I know several American-based writers, who write American settings, who are repped by UK agents.
It's no surprise to you that I think a US-based agent is a better bet. I'm not objective about that.
As to what to do, you have two choices:
1. Write to the agent who requested the partial and say you are seeking a US based agent because the books are US based.
2. Send the partial
What you didn't mention is if you've done any research at all on the requesting agent. I've heard tales of less than stellar agents using these kind of events to hunt for writers. Never send any work to an agent or agency if you can tell upfront that you wouldn't sign with them. (Sometimes you discover that later, of course.)
You'd be wise to talk to authors who have UK based agents and publish in the American market if you can. They'll have a better take on this than I will.