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Old 07-14-2014, 02:51 AM
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So, an agent requested to see my full manuscript on Friday.
How long (if at all) is the typical waiting time?
I'm on pins and checking my email every 5 mins!
Someone help me out, here!

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the typical waiting time?
There is no such thing. But my advice to you would be to stop checking your emails and start writing your next piece; if your manuscript gets read in the next couple of weeks, then there are two risks you should investigate. Your agent may be desperately short of work, in which case you should worry about the risk of them going out of business, or else it's a scam. (I'm afraid that scams are very, very common in the happy world of publishing. Check out everyone you deal with on Preditors & Editors before proceeding.)
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I don't think there is a typical waiting time, it depends on lots of factors. In larger agencies the manuscript gets passed around so several people will have to read it before you hear anything. And if the agent is busy they tend to put spec scripts further down the priority list.

So you could be in for a wait. Best keep busy with other writing and try not to obsess or you'll drive yourself crazy.
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The first question, for me, would be whether the agent asked for a fee of any kind. Reputable agents and publishers do not ask for funds from the author. If you paid a fee up front, you can expect an email asking for details of your participation in promoting your book, etc. Lots of agent and publisher scams on the internet. Easy money.
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Sound advice above, not much to add to it other than doubly highlight the need to get the agent checked out on Preds & Eds.

You can also google the agent's name ad type 'complaints' next to it.
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All is well. Its actually an agent from Greene & Heaton. No upfront fees.

Just the agonising wait.
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And you may never hear from them again. Lol! Some answer, some don't, some reply with a more personal "No, thank you," or "This isn't a good fit," or what have you, others with a formal reply that makes it sound spit out by a machine (which it probably is).

But, as Non Serviam pointed out, stop checking and just move on to your next piece. It's pointless to be on tenterhooks, biting your nails. Wasted time. Be productive and write!
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Originally Posted by elainefelicity View Post
Greene & Heaton.
Ah. Well, congratulations, but I'd like to revise my suggested timescale. With an agent of that calibre, assume it'll take them at least six weeks to read it.
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