Or so it seems. What happens behind the scenes is different in each situation and different for each agent. If we’re excited we might push it to the top of the pile. If we’re super busy we might be excited about it, but it might take days/weeks to get to it.
I want to reiterate not to assume anything. If we get back quickly or if we get back slowly we might have the same levels of excitement, but it surfaces differently depending on a variety of factors.
In addition, never assume that we’ll read the whole thing. If we’re loving it we will, but if we waver and see the stack of contracts on our desk reminding us of the other things we need to be doing, we might put down your work and never pick it back up. Just because we requested it, unfortunately, doesn’t mean that we’re dropping everything to read it (or read it all).
What to take away from this? Keep your pacing tight, your work well-written and exciting. If you get us excited enough to request it, make time to read it, and perhaps get a second in-house read, you made it though a number of barriers to entry. But there will be more, and there will be variables.
When we have a full work load we’re looking for reasons to put your manuscript down, don’t let us–make your words count.
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