If a person got an offer from an agent, and after letting all the other agents reading the manuscript know about the offer, another agent said she would give an answer on a certain day. That day passed without a word, so the writer said yes to the first agent. Right after the writer had that conversation, the second agent called and made an offer. What would be the appropriate thing to do in that situation?
Signed, Too Many Agents To Handle!
First of all I’m a little confused about the first agent, let’s call her Agent A, who offered representation. Was this the agent the author wanted? I’m getting the feeling maybe it wasn’t because she gave Agent B more time when she asked for it. I’m making an assumption here that the author did not pounce at Agent A’s offer of representation so that she could give the other agents notice and the opportunity to make an offer. If that is the case, shame on the author for settling.
If that is not the case and she wanted Agent A and was jumping for joy when she made the offer, at that time the author should have contacted all of the agents who had the submission and taken it off the table period. Agent B was given an opportunity to read and offer in a specified time-frame, she dropped the ball. Oh, well. She who hesitates, well, we know what happens to those of us who hesitate.
Now, since I did not answer the question, I will now: If the author is happy with Agent A, she needs to let Agent B know that since the deadline passed she went ahead and signed with another agent. Ya snooze, ya loose. But I’m just wondering if the author is happy with her agent choice or did she accept from the first agent who offered.