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Following up

We’ve all got to do it — following up. You guys are waiting to hear from an agent, and time just keeps going by, until the deadline she gave you is long since past, and you’re wondering about the protocol for reminding her. And, to draw back the curtain here a bit, I have to follow up as well.
I blogged a few months ago about a polite way to follow up for writers, but what if you do that, and there’s still no word? Well, I’m sorry to say it, but sometimes you just have to move on. Maybe you send one more email, ala “Dear Editor, I look forward to hearing your reaction to my manuscript, X, which I sent to you via email (or whatever) on _date_. Do let me know if you have any questions.”
But then you get back to researching other agents, other editors, and you keep submitting. Or you work on your next book, in preparation for going back to that same editor again in a few months/years/whatever, able to say, “You requested my manuscript X some time ago, and I wanted to let you know about the new, even more brilliant manuscript I’ve recently finished, revised, workshopped, and polished. May I send you a sample?”
What you DON’T do is follow the example of the image above, pick up the phone, and start screaming. But you knew that, right?
Now, if you don’t mind, I have some emails to send.

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