A writer friend of mine reached out with a tricky question:
“… Since I sent them my query, the story has gone through a lot of changes-including the POV. I changed it to the first person, which I think it really makes the story sound stronger. I also tightened the story up a lot which I think this will improve my query. With all that being said, I wanted your opinion on whether it’s okay to “re-pitch“ the same agents in a couple of months with my new version of the story? I was going to write back to the agent who sent me the letter yesterday and ask if it would be ok if I submit her my changes, but I’m not sure if that’s the right thing to do and I was just wondering your thoughts? This might be a good topic to cover on your site (Is it ok to re-pitch the same agent?) :)”
This is a hard question. Let’s start with the positive. You have accomplished a lot already:
- You finished a manuscript!
- You pitched an Agent!!
- You learned something from the experience!!!
- You are editing your manuscript based on what you learned!!!!
Fantastic. Those are important steps that every writer must go through. For anyone who has finished a manuscript and actually pitched it, Bravo! It takes real work to build up enough confidence to get to that point. You should be proud of the effort.
When you have come that far and been rejected, it hurts. It hurts more because the higher we climb the further we fall. There is no way around it. Rejection hurts.
Still, you haven’t fallen all the way back to the blank page. You aren’t starting from scratch. In fact you’ve only just stumbled, AND you’ve learned from the experience.
So what about the question at hand? Can I Re-Pitch the same Agent? Here are my thoughts:
As a reminder I’m just a writer like you. I am not an attorney or agent. If you have had a different experience with this type of situation, please share it. It is all about writers helping writers.
Thanks for the question! I hope that helps. If anyone has a follow up, feel free to leave it in the comments below or reach out to me via twitter or email.