This week’s Query Wars have been won and it’s only Monday. I highly doubt that anyone will be able to top this — not that I’m inviting a challenge, mind you. Just past 9 this morning, I received an e-query for a type of book that I don’t represent, and that is worlds away from anything I might represent. It was copied to 11 1/2 pages (printed because I was curious) of other agents and editors. Nearly 600 different people. Two hours later that same email began arriving every 15 minutes. I have now received it 18 (correction: 19th copy came in as I was typing this) times. Other agents have responded asking the person to desist. To no avail. I know we’ve been talking around here recently about answering e-queries and the why and wherefore of it all. I’m trying to answer all the business-like ones and had, indeed, queued a reply to this person as their initial email met the requirements even though it was obvious they hadn’t bothered to research any particular agency. However, I deleted that reply unsent. Not only would I not wish to work with someone who is either this obnoxious or this ignorant, I don’t want to correspond with them or acknowledge them in any way.
Of course, this only makes me appreciate more those authors who are out there learning how to approach the business side of publishing and constantly challenging themselves on the craft side. If the above person represents your competition, what do you have to fear except fear itself? It really is worth it. Believe me.
In other news, this morning I sold Czech translation rights for one my wonderful clients. I’ve also had a busy day re-marketing manuscripts that were declined last week and trying to cheer myself up about the rejections. Some days they really just are painful.
ETA (5:26pm) : I’m relieved to report that I have managed to find a blacklist function in the settings for my email and the account will now reject this person until the end of time. Of course, I ended up getting the email 28 times before I figured out how to do that.