I need some insider info. My (wonderful) agent hasn’t really given me any details about the situation so I hope you might be able to.
Last year we went on submission. We came close once with a revise and resubmit but ultimately the editor didn’t make an offer. One of the editors from the first round was very slow and when my agent called to follow up, he told her I was doing an R&R. The editor asked to see the revision.
A few weeks after she got the ms, she called me and asked for some changes. They were very minor and I ended the call feeling very good about her and the work she wanted me to do. So we sent the newly revised ms back to her and then we got a note a few weeks later that she loves it. Another note a few days later said she finished it and was sending it to her editorial director.
My question is: what does this mean? Do editors usually send it to their editorial directors before they can make an offer? Is she sending it to the editorial director because she has doubts about it or because she’s excited about it? How does a decision about an offer actually get made?
This is fabulous news. There’s nothing else to say. Nearly everyone at a publishing house needs to get what are often called “second reads” before even considering an offer. These second reads mean they go to their colleagues to get their opinion. Unlike most agencies, no decision is made at a publishing house without the consensus of a number of people. Who these people are will depend on the house, the genre, the editor, the book, etc. Often an editor will bring the book up at what’s called an editorial meeting to get the opinion of a number of editors. In this case she presents the book one week, often using your agent’s pitch letter as her guide, and listens to the feedback of others at next week’s meeting. Sometimes the decision makers include not just editors, but the marketing and sales team as well, and sometimes the only second read you’ll need is from the head of the genre’s department or the editorial director, or maybe just the editor’s immediate boss.
In this case it sounds like she’s hoping to get the go-ahead from the editorial director to make the offer. If the editorial director agrees that it’s something they would like to add to their list, they’ll discuss where the book would fit on the list and what kind of offer they will be making.
Congratulations and good luck. This is exciting news.
By the way, it sounds like you have a great agent, someone who’s really active and involved, so don’t be afraid to ask her these questions. That’s just part of what you pay her for.