More rejection – in paper again. I’ve been researching agents and, with 25 queries out there to date, I’m beginning to have several thoughts about how agents do business that I’m wanting to share.
- I’m not crazy about the agents who want you to mail a query. There are too many other agents out there who are offering email options. On-line forms and email. I know that it makes more work for agents because they will naturally get more queries, but PAPERLESS offices are better. Faster. If you are going to reject my novel – be quick about it.
- I’m not crazy about the agents who spend 10 column inches going on and on about how one’s query letter should be professional, and don’t spell their name wrong and don’t write “Dear Agent” at the top. I agree that one should do their homework when selecting an agent to query, and should know if the agent in question deals in a particular genre before hitting send. However, as a woman who just got a paper rejection letter addressing me as “Dear Author,” I smell hypocrisy.
- I like the online forms.
- I like agents who are members of the Association of Author’s Representatives. It means they are obliged to play by certain rules. I think there is value to that.
- I like the request for more pages letters that direct you to a log-in and password database system. Those wow me, and I suspect they make an agency’s work more efficient, as my last request for pages was rejected with in a week. Nice work.
- I think I like agents who blog. I read several, but hated when the agent asked “When do you stop reading a book?” I know HE stopped reading MY book half-way through the query. Hey, he asked?
- I find the helpful group websites like AgentQuery to be less helpful than they boast. Why do agents who do not accept queries even sign up? Why do they never go back to update their profiles?
More than anything, I would like to find representation for my book. I haven’t found it yet, and have been feeling like this process is “Two steps forward, one step on a land mine.” I think I am going to have to rely on faith, luck and persistence to get me to the right place at the right time. It’s dicey, but it’s all I have.