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Full Manuscript Requested

An agent requested the full manuscript for the first book. I have the manuscript in hand, but I really, really, really want to retune the whole thing. Some of the later chapters are completely unpolished; others still have plenty of loose ends. One chapter probably needs to be cut (and honestly really belongs with a subplot in the sequel). I don't think I have time for a complete second draft, but I'll have to give some thought to what is the most valuable cleanup and what's needless fussing.

How soon do agents expect to see requested material? A few days, weeks? A month or two? Any advice (especially from editors and agents) would be appreciated.

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peartreealley
Aug. 9th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
Congrats! I'm neither an editor or agent, but I've heard a month is acceptable.

But I can still offer congrats :)
eynowd
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
Congrats, Wolf; nice work!

Maybe you could contact the agent and ask?
brainstormfront
Aug. 9th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Wolf!

I'm not the most learned on this, but I'll ask Sully when he gets into the office here. Expect an email from him later today, perhaps?

SES
lilac_wine
Aug. 9th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
I too, have no advice on timelines but I wanted to say congratulations!
ex_paulskem
Aug. 9th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Exciting stuff. Congratulations and good luck.
brother_che
Aug. 9th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Way Cool! I'd say between 2 weeks and a month would be acceptable.
godeater_sw
Aug. 9th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
Good luck, and yes, congrats.
matociquala
Aug. 9th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Also, yay!
I'd say take up to six weeks. Just mention in your over letter, "As you requested in your letter of 8 August, blah blah--" because it is good to remind them they asked for it. So to speak.

Everything's dirty if you say "so to speak" after it.
scarlettina
Aug. 10th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
First: Congratulations! Excellent news.

Second, my usual response is, "Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Send the manuscript out directly." If you really feel insecure about it, send it out within 4 weeks, no more. Don't get lost in the revision process. Abandon the book at week 3 if you have to in order to get it out the door. This is a great opportunity; don't let your own doubts get the better of you. It's a good book, Wolf. It'll stand.
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