STATUS: Heading out to dinner with an agent friend who is in town.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO by Frou Frou
Don’t interpret anything. It could mean just about anything under the sun.
Form response with personal comment
Submission was interesting enough for the agent to make a comment. Don’t interpret too much. It’s the nature of the comment that is important here. If it’s “I just didn’t fall in love” that could mean anything from concept isn’t right or writing isn’t quite there yet.
If comment is something along the lines of “see talent here but not right for me”, well that’s encouraging.
Letter with feedback
On to something here. Time is tight. If agents take the time to actually include feedback, they see potential.
Revision letter with request to submit again
Agents are interested. Now they want to see if you can take a potentially flawed work or something that’s not quite ready into something they can get serious about, offer representation, create a revision letter to make the work publishing ready.
Revision letter with offer
You’ve got talent and a great concept. We’re willing to take a risk by getting you on board and then working with you.
Nothing ever goes out unedited but when an agent just offers, we know that whatever revision might be necessary will only amount to small tweaks.