An agent has had my full for almost a year now. I nudged a few months ago and she didn't reply. Should I assume it's a no? She indicated that she always responds so I'm slightly confused (although I completely understand that under the current circumstances she might not have had the time).
I've since revised the manuscript more and started querying again. I've queried three agents and all three of them have requested the full MS. Should I nudge the first agent from last year again, or wait to see if I get an offer of representation?
(I should point out that I think the first agent from last year would be a great fit)
Is it me?
It sure could have been up till July when I made a concerted effort to read and respond to all my requested fulls.
My requests lingered here for quite some time, some I'm sure closing in on a year.
The specifics of why aren't important. My why is different than other agents, but we're all dealing with the pandemic (I literally could not read a thing for three months, maybe four).
You realize that (excellent) and aren't waving your arms and shouting about lazy ass agents (very good.)
You've done exactly the right thing: move ahead.
Don't burn any bridges with ultimatum emails (which you didn't--again, good)
When you get an offer, let the first agent know.
(Don't consider it a pass until you've signed with someone else.)
When you get an offer, let the first (and all other agents who have requested the full) agent know. The question then is how much time do you give them to read. For years it was about five days, particularly if you had weekend days in the five.
Now though, as someone just said to me, all the days are alike, and all of them have limited reading time. I'd suggest at least a week, and ten days if you can.
What you say to the offering agent: I have fulls out with several other agents. I'd like to give them some notice that I've gotten an offer. Will ten days be ok?
If the offering agent grumbles (and I know agents who insist on fewer than five days) drop it to a week.
Honestly right now, if someone emails with notice of an offer and has to respond in only a few days I'm more likely to pass than not.