Please help me NOT SCREW UP.
After the better part of a year of querying, I have reached the revise and resubmit stage with an agent who talked with me on the phone about the revisions she wants, and exchanged several e-mails with me about it. I just sent off the final, and am now waiting to hear.
Now for the problem. Just before the R&R happened for Project #1 (a comic mystery), I had just sent out the first queries for Project #2 (topical upmarket women's fiction). I don't want to ruin what may be my only actual chance at representation for #1, but I also don't want to wait on #2. Is it okay to resume querying on #2 while I wait? It feels like bad form, but I'm really excited about #2.
Yes, it's ok to query your second project while you wait for Agent Brilliant to read your revisions.
It is NOT bad form.
This is your career and you must keep it moving forward.
What would be bad form would be to sign with another agent for Project TUWF without letting Agent Brilliant know you have interest on another project or are even at the talking stage with an agent for something else.
In other words, if you get requests for fulls on TUWF, you give Brilliant a heads up. Something akin to I've been querying a second project and have had several requests to read the fulls. I just wanted to keep you posted on this since you've got the full for Comic Mystery. Yours very truly WriterProlific.
Any agent who expects you to sit on your paws and wait for her to reply has a severely warped view of her own importance.
That said, she is investing time in you and that should be treated with respect.
Bottom line: be straightforward and polite. That's never bad form.