I just love this business.
The other day I was looking over my database, checking to see how many agents I’d queried for Ether, how many had responded and how many I had left to try. I’m running at about fifty percent – queried vs responded, and had four left to try. So I double checked the four agent websites, looked up their submission policies and requirements, and found that three of them only took snail while one did prefer email.
I was thrilled to find one still taking email, since obviously that’s the easiest, and least expensive way to correspond. Now, it does bother me that a huge segment of agents who prefer emailed queries have a policy of “if we’re not interested, you won’t hear from us.” Which means, basically, “We’re to f-ing lazy to hit Respond and send you a Form Rejection, so we’re gonna just ignore you.” You get this after reading their guidelines expounding on how this is a “business” and you should conduct yourself in a professional, business-like manner.
Well color me lavender, but a business proposal is — in the professional world — responded to, regardless of outcome.
But I digress. This agency I’d found is reputable, and had this to say on their Submission Guidelines: “At the XYZ Literary Agency, we believe that the best way to keep growing is to represent the newest and freshest talent in the business. For this reason we are always accepting queries. Because we are constantly accepting these queries, it should come as no surprise that we will not accept unsolicited book excerpts or completed manuscripts.”
Cool, I thought. And I went right off and emailed my query letter to the XYZ Literary Agency.
Four hours later, I got this response: “The XYZ agency does NOT accept unsolicited queries! Thank you, XYZ Agent.”
Well, alrighty then.