Hey folks. If you've been following my drafting and editing journey with the latest MS, firstly: thank you for sticking with me while I dragged my ass through that. Secondly, I've hit a point in the process which is actually a first for me.
This is not my first MS. It's actually my third complete MS. The second (actually the first one I wrote, but that's another story) landed me my amazing agent. But this new MS is the first MS I'm submitting to my agent, as my agent.
I think there are a few things that go through your head as you're querying agents - things that you look forward to never having to do again once you sign with one. Querying, of course (provided everything goes well, and providing you don't sign with an agent who's only representing the novel you submitted and not subsequent work.) Facing the prospect that you might never get a professional opinion on your MS is another thing (because if your query sucks, is an agent even going to read your pages? Yes, this was something I gave a lot of thought to while querying.) Knowing that your agent will at the very least read your MS and give you feedback (because your agent doesn't have to represent every MS you write, if they hate it or don't think they can sell it, etc.) is reassuring.
In my case, having discussed my basic premise for this MS with Molly before I started writing it, I'd had the story idea pre-vetted, in a way, so I had that slight security of knowing I wasn't going to meet with 'this story is a no-go/has been done to death/sucks harder than a Dyson'. But something I hadn't given any thought to before completing it was: what am I actually supposed to send? The MS, of course, but what else? A query-style blurb? After all, it was months ago that I first discussed the basic idea with Molly. A synopsis? I know that these come in handy when developing the pitch for editors. What??
Basically, I was clueless.
I haven't seen any guidelines for this online, and I - in a vain effort to not look like a complete div - try to find answers online before I bug Molly with questions. (The bugging part is my perception, not at all based on Molly's response - she is in all things lovely, communicative and vastly brilliant.) But I couldn't find the answer. So I emailed Molly and asked. The answer (and I don't know whether this varies from agent to agent or is a rule across the board) was this: just the MS.
So that's what I sent.
And now I just hope she likes it!