# of queries read this week: 122
# of partials requested: 3 (but two of those were from the same query)
genres of partials requested: paranormal romance (1), cosy mystery (1), YA (1)
This week I got the same query for the third time in less than a month. It seems likely to me that my reply is getting caught in the author’s spam filter. The first query mid-May or so, was in the general format of such things with a pitch and pages. I politely declined. The second email, just the next week (notice my response time is posted as 2-3 weeks from receipt) contained the identical material, with the exception of the
GIANT 20-POINT ALL CAP WITH !!!!!! IN BLUE
introductory line to get my attention. Once again, despite finding the new intro a tad insensitive and perhaps pushy, I politely declined. This week I received the email again with a comment that I hadn’t replied for 4 weeks. I copied and pasted my previous two replies into a response and sent that out with a sincere wish that it got where it was going. I haven’t had a reply or a bounce, so I shall probably never know. However, I suspect that the author in question may have now decided that I am one of the rude agents that doesn’t deign to reply.
This makes me sad.
I’m sure there are agents who are thoughtless and dismissive in their dealings with authors. I’d like to think they are a small percentage just as those authors who do not research or have a care for an agent’s time are the few rotten apples poisoning the otherwise talented barrel. I try to keep that in mind and come to each query with a fresh perspective. But responses across the internet seem to indicate that I may be in the minority there. In this case, it’s distressing that through not fault of my own, it appears that another slur on my reputation will be my inescapable fate. While I realize that these instances are but a teensy, tiny percentage of my weekly query traffic, it is still somewhat disheartening that this seems to occur on a regular basis.
My thanks and appreciation to everyone that employs a polite and professional approach in this very competitive business and to those who take responses in the spirit they are intended. You give me heart and hope to keep looking for new writers to represent.