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Ask Daphne! About Revising A Manuscript That’s Out There

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I’ve read conflicting information on what to do when an agent has a copy of your ms but since sending you’ve made changes to it. Is it okay to notify them of the changes? Does this irk agents? I’m sure I’m not the only writer to have experienced this.

Before you yell at me for sending an ms to an agent in the first place. Know that the ms is complete, was complete at the time. Because an unpublished manuscript is something that can always be improved upon, I did another round of revisions.

I think it depends on the timing. If you’ve *just* sent a manuscript to an agent, I wouldn’t send notice of a new version anytime soon. However, say you sent a partial a couple of months ago, and maybe haven’t heard back yet. In the meantime, you did your revisions. In that case, I think you could take the opportunity to check in on the status of the material with the agent reading, and let her know that, btw, you have a revised version, if she hasn’t yet gotten to the other version, should you send this instead? I think that certainly works for fulls, too.

I will add, however, that revisions while you’re in the process of querying and submitting make me wonder if you did the revisions at another agent’s request. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, since it shows some interest, but if you’re offering the revised manuscript to other agents, it makes me think about other agents saying no. Now, that may be all in my head, and not worth mentioning, but hey — you asked!

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