Received a "request for partial" from an agent, now what?



  • @bdyanne Did you look up this agent and see if her agency would be a good fit for you? I know it's exciting (and I'm excited for you), but make sure this person is going to be someone you would like to work with, who is going to represent your style of illustration. Sometimes we think any agent is better than no agent, but from the people I've known who've had them that isn't the case. Good luck!



  • @fauxtoddgraphy thanks a lot!



  • @rhirsch I did look her up and she used to work for Random House and now she has an agency where she only represents a small amount of people. It seems like it could be a good fit because I have written a couple books. I do wonder why it is taking her so long to answer my email with the items she requested.

    Thanks for your input, I did think that any agent is better than none but I will think twice now.



  • @bdyanne Anything up to four weeks is completely normal. Don´t get nervous, long waiting times are normal. If she doesn´t get back to you within a month, it´s time to send a polite enquiry....
    Timing in the publishing industry is glacial....



  • Oh, now I understand! @smceccarelli is right. 4 weeks is normal. The waiting is killer, I know.



  • @smceccarelli Wow, that is glacial... Well I hope it results in something positive! Thanks so much!



  • @joy-heyer It's so bad!! After a few days of waiting I already lose all motivation to work, like I'm not good enough. I'm lucky she responded at all, so I hope this turns out positively. Thanks for responding and helping me out!



  • @bdyanne I know your pain, but this is a good training! What with clients going totally silent after you send them final art, the agent taking three weeks to give you an opinion about your manuscript, waiting for client reviews for four weeks when you´re on a deadline or (worst of all) ADs coming back with a list of revision that basically means “do it all over again”..... it´s very important not to attach motivation to external confirmation as a creative, otherwise it´s constant suffering!



  • @smceccarelli wise words! :)



  • I’m so excited for you. I do hope the agent gets back to you. By the way, have you googled the authors and the books this agent handled? If your work is similar to theirs, there’s a high chance that you’ll wok great together. I wish you luck!