Today is #queryday on Twitter, so I asked the question I’ve been mulling over since #agentfail:
Q: Is ‘no response=no thx’ the new reality or an urban myth begun by writers who slipped through the cracks?
Apparently, and unfortunately, NR=NT is not an urban myth. Upon reading the answers, I’ll admit I performed a rather spectacular flounce. (Privately, of course, in my office, with my fingers NOT on the keyboard.) With some agencies racking up six to twelve+ month response times, how are we supposed to know what’s what? Is the rejection implied or is it sitting under the pizza box, still under a lengthy consideration?
Do we blame the agents? Really, how hard is it to type in an email address, c&p a form rejection, and hit send? I wonder how long my husband would be in business if we took six months to review plans, draft electrical prints, work up proposals and respond to contractors and homeowners? Ha! Not long.
Or do we blame the hundreds of writers who submitted the queries we saw during #queryfail and will see during #queryday? Hundreds of queries for 600,000 word epics and too thinly-veiled fan fic and other wildly inappropriate or downright ridiculous submissions that clog up the works?
It’s a tough thing to wrap my head around. On the one hand, I don’t think a form response is too much to ask of a professional agent. On the other hand, they’re dealing with countless writers who aren’t even in the ballpark of professional. Obviously authors who do their homework and know what’s what are going to pay the price for those who skipped class.
To wrap it up, I think no response=no thanks sucks golf balls. It’s a confusing and unfortunate policy thrown into an already tough environment.
I’m going to blame the guy hawking the 783,395 word biography of his dead-grandmother-channeling gerbil.