Should you re-query?Gray out there this morning but we're in for a spat of nice weather. But back to the sticky question: should you requery an agent who has rejected your manuscript? My answer has always been yes. Especially if the agent or editor added a personal note or seemed to have taken time with your manuscript the first time. Especially if you've truly reworked and refined it. Agent Allison Win Scotch weighs in her blog:
"Tricky question, and I'm not sure that there is a perfect solution here. To begin with, I wouldn't requery anyone whom you've queried within the past six months. Overhauling a manuscript (especially your first) takes time, and I don't think agents would think you've done a fair job (and aren't thus wasting their time) if you'd managed to do this in a few months or so. From there, I'd start off by personalizing your query to those who gave you positive feedback the last time. Something along the lines of,
"Dear XX, Back in June of '09, I queried you with TITLE OF BOOK. At the time, you thought I needed to sharpen the conflict and dialogue. I have spent the past year doing just that, and I'd welcome the opportunity to requery you."
And then I'd post your query. The above language is rough and just off the top of my head, but you get the idea. ...."
You might want to check out some of her other posts on the writing/publishing biz.