I might catch some slack for the decision I made when I granted an agent an exclusive on reading a partial of my manuscript. Apparently some frown upon this sort of thing, stating it limits your chances of finding an agent while you allow one person to lock it up.
Hmmm...I went with my gut on this and made the call I felt was right at the moment. She's a reputable and successful agent with a great agency based in NYC. (yes, I'm intentionally leaving the details out) These things added to my instincts are what allowed me to agree with her request for exclusivity.
One mistake I did make was not capping the time frame. It was never discussed in our email exchange. And so it is now going on close to three weeks with no word and I'm getting very anxious.
Of course I've researched the topic and found a number of thoughts but the one that stuck out was on a site that said it could take months for them to reply to a partial. Oh lord. Since it's an exclusive and the time frame was not addressed, I feel it's completely appropriate to send her a brief email. I'm just stuck on how long to wait before doing so.
And so here is where I ask for that expert opinion...How long do I wait before contacting the agent?
I have the four week mark in mind. But I'd love to know if anyone out there has some input. I'm still praying her reply includes a request for the whole manuscript but aside from that I'm super anxious for feedback on what made her pass. Either way I'm anxious to hear something. Anything but a form rejection, please not that!