I'm currently drafting a manuscript that I'm loving, and I'm planning on querying it in about a year. An agent who I want to query just tweeted an MSWL** request that matches my manuscript, which of course, has me over the moon. But my novel isn't nearly ready yet. What I'm wondering is, since she did tweet about it, should I send her a private message on Twitter just to say that I'm working on it and plan on querying her in a year? Would such a message help me at all? Or would that be terrible etiquette and totally turn her off before I've even begun? Should I just leave the matter alone, use her tweet as extra motivation fuel, and hope like hell that she's still looking for a manuscript like mine by the time I'm ready to query?Wow, yet a new way to torment writers! I love it!
I wish I'd thought of it!
Of course, you're savvy enough to know you can't query for an unfinished manuscript.
And you're savvy enough to ask before firing off an enthused email.
In fact, you know the right thing to do: it's the last sentence of your question.
Leave the matter alone, use her tweet as extra motivation fuel, and hope like hell that she's still looking for a manuscript like mine by the time I'm ready to query?In other words, you really do know what to do and that's really nice to see since I read a lot of queries from people who...well...don't.
For those of you who are worried that you'll miss your chance, stop. We'll be looking for good work next year, and the year after that. Each of us may not be looking for the exact same thing next year that we are this year, but there are a lot of agents. Someone will be looking for you.
**#MSWL is ManuScript Wish List. Agents list things they are particularly looking for and hashtag it #MSWL on Twitter.
I heard my slithery competitor Barbara Poelle is looking for vegan dino porn. 200,000 words minimum, preferably in a comic sans font and if you can work in some emojis, all the better. Make sure to tell her I told you to query.