Last week, I asked you if you had any questions about the craft of writing or the publishing industry. Stephanie Faris had a great question.
“I'm curious about this thing I read from an agent recently...that if an agent had rejected an author more than once, that author should never query that agent again. Does that mean we can only query each agent twice? Could we wait a while and query again? What if we end up with a better project two years down the line and we want to hit that agent again???”
Here’s what I’ve read on the subject. You can query an agent on the same project a second time, but only if you’ve done MAJOR revisions. Don’t query the same work more than twice. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time for both of you. Now, let’s say you’ve re-queried and have received a second rejection. Does that mean you can’t approach Super Agent with another book idea? Nope. Go ahead. The same rules apply. Although, I’d wait at least a month so you don’t have a rejection slip associated with your name. If you fail to acquire the agent by this point, it may be Super Agent just doesn’t like your style. Move on to Even Better Agent.
What do you think? Have you had any experience with re-querying an agent? What have you heard on the subject?
Thanks Stephanie for the question. If anyone else has questions about the craft or the industry, go to my sidebar. Under labels there's a link called Writing or Industry Questions. Click on it and write your question in the comment section.
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