Not sure where else to post this, but I just wanted to say, for those of you submitting novels - if the agent writes in their website or email that you should follow up after X amount of time if they don't respond, please, FOLLOW UP. The first time with a publisher who'd requested a full - I had silence for 10 months before I thought, screw it I'm gonna email them even if it makes them hate me. Waiting 10 months was long enough lol. Of course the book was rejected, but because of the follow up, they said I can submit again and directly address the editor when my next piece was ready. When time came to submit, I wrote them to clarify: Should I wait for the next open door submission, as they don't take unsolicited submissions, or submit now? Got a reply back 2 days later to submit now, even though I'd missed the open door submission by several months, and rather than the typical 3 chapter sample, they wanted the full right away. (I mean, the email said to "send the manuscript" - I apologised in the email in case I'd misunderstood, but I sent the full book) The second time is with an agent. When I first submitted (this same book I just sent the publisher above), I got a reply back to follow up in 2 weeks if I don't hear back. I waited 3 weeks and by then had got 4 form rejections, and I'd got some good but troubling feedback from a debut author who'd read the first 100 pages - anyway, basically I was feeling like I should scrap the book altogether. I sent the agent an email to follow up because, well, why not, right? He did say 2 weeks. I'd waited 3 already, so you can't say I wasn't patient in that sense. I followed up, got an email apologising and saying he was just busy and will reply by Tue. On Tue I got a request for the full - he even said he doesn't normally enjoy my sub-genre (urban fantasy) but he's enjoying mine. It was a 6-chapter sample. On Wed I got an email from him at 9.30am saying he's downloading it right now to his Kindle lol. He said he'll get back to me within 7 days (so next Wed). So please, guys, FOLLOW UP!!! All this stuff about not bothering agents isn't very good advice it seems (of course, don't follow up with agents who clearly state "Please assume you're not successful if you don't hear back) But if they don't say that, or if they specifically say please follow up - it's worth following up! Both times I got apologies telling me they were just busy (the publisher had thought they'd got back to me already but hadn't). Anyway... Am I right to think this agent sounds pretty excited about my book? How can you tell if he's just like "Hey I like this, send it over" or if he's like "WOW I love this I can't wait!!!" I'm now making myself nervous thinking fuck what if he doesn't like the rest of it - what if he doesn't like the turn of events? The character changes sides and the villain gets a bit creepy lol. Did he really read 6 chapters before requesting the full? I'm just trying to gauge how excited I should be... what are my chances. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL WEDNESDAY MAN THIS IS KILLING ME!!!!