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June 19, 2012 5:27 PM Subscribe
An editor asked for the full manuscript of my young adult novel. The problem? It isn't finished yet. What do I tell her?
posted by Shoggoth to writing & language (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here are the gory details. I entered the first chapter of my YA novel in a contest in which it placed (hooray!). One of the judges, an editor for a Large Publisher, has asked me for the full manuscript (hooray!). The problem is that I've only got three chapters done (crap!). I should be clear that the contest itself did not require a completed draft -- it was just for first chapters.
I obviously need to tell her that it's a work in progress, but I'm not sure how to put it. Do I give her a projected completion date? Ask her if she'll still be interested then? Any other details? And for extra credit: Is there any hope that four months from now I will have a chance with her when I'm done?
Also worth mentioning: I have not published a novel before, and do not have an agent. Thanks!