What to Do? An Agent Requested My Full MS – But I’m Revising!

Dear Almost Finished…

I’m throwing down the Double Yes card today — Yes, tell the agent you’ve decided to give the manuscript one more pass to make sure it’s the strongest story possible and will send it along very shortly. That agent will want the best draft, so they’ll be happy to wait, and you’ll feel at ease having placed a temporary bookmark on the request. And yes, download that note via QueryManager. That’s the agent’s chosen method for fielding submission communications. A note downloaded there will stay within their submission management system, which is where they’d be looking for the manuscript they requested from you. I checked with an agent who uses QueryManager, and she confirmed this would be her preference. Congratulations on the request for a full, and good luck!

Happy writing!
The Editor

The Editor, Deborah Halverson, has been editing books for over 25 years and specializes in Middle Grade/Young Adult fiction and nonfiction, New Adult fiction, and picture books. For her editorial guidance in making your manuscript ready for submission to agents and publishers or for self-publishing, click Editorial services.


  1. Great answer. It took me a while to realize I could send notes on Query Manager, but I found the place to do it. (I’m assuming you both mean QM–Query Tracker is for writers to search for agents and keep track of their query submissions, as opposed to the QM form/system that agents use to collect and manage queries they receive).

    Good luck with the revision! :o)

    • SMH — Thanks for catching that, Carol. I don’t know why I typed the wrong one when I set up the post. Correction made! Thanks for sharing about your experience with sending notes. Happy writing!

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