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Offline Alniah

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Which email to use?
« on: September 12, 2011, 04:11:18 PM »
I am not ready to query but was wondering.
For my previous novel, I had an extensive exchange (>20 back and forth email) and an R&R request from a specific agent. She was extremely helpful and open to discussion even though she didn't want to represent me. It was great.
So I am wondering. Should I query at the standard submissions@ .... email or query her on the email from which we had been having a long exchange?
(I guess I am hoping our history would set me at least a quarter inch higher than the slush pile)
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011, 04:26:10 PM »
I'd use the golden email. You have a relationship so it shouldn't be a problem.

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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2011, 05:13:56 PM »
Back door/bat phone/hotline. Use every advantage you have. You guys have a relationship of sorts. Capitalize on that. Good luck!
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2011, 05:21:42 PM »
Use a portkey, if possible.  >:D
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2011, 05:51:07 PM »
I personally dislike very much long chain of emails, so I'll go with a new one, but remind her in the beginning that you exchanged previously. My two cents.
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011, 05:52:09 PM »
Oh, I totally agree with ClaudeDancourt. Don't query as a reply to past emails. Start a new one, but use the "private" email address.
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2011, 06:01:35 PM »
Back door/bat phone/hotline. Use every advantage you have. You guys have a relationship of sorts. Capitalize on that. Good luck!

Love this!  :up:

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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2011, 06:30:16 PM »
I agree as well that a fresh new email with this agent is absolutely the way to go.  With 20 email exchanges between you, she'll certainly know who you are.  Good luck!

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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2011, 10:15:34 PM »
Thanks guys! I thought that ya'll were gonna say the submsission email. We all know how gung-ho our dear agents are with their submission guidelines  :wink:
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2011, 11:23:38 AM »
I was thinking. What subject line should I use? I am afraid that if I put the word query she is going to delete it instantly thinking I am an author that did not follow the submission guidelines.

Also, what would ya'll think about asking her how to query future projects through twitter?
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2011, 11:53:24 AM »
Perhaps: Resubmission: New Project - Title/genre

I would not bug her on Twitter. Others might think differently.
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2011, 12:33:02 PM »
I agree with Mary on the email title. Personally, I wouldn't Twitter on this one.
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2011, 01:05:12 PM »
Personally, when I was subbing a new project to someone with whom I'd have a long correspondence, I emailed to that address, replying to that thread. I know others have said differently and I don't mean to confuse, but I've had success with that more than once and I think it's best that they not have to guess at their previous enthusiasm. Just my two cents.  :wink:
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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2011, 04:59:35 PM »
Personally, when I was subbing a new project to someone with whom I'd have a long correspondence, I emailed to that address, replying to that thread. I know others have said differently and I don't mean to confuse, but I've had success with that more than once and I think it's best that they not have to guess at their previous enthusiasm. Just my two cents.  :wink:
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Yes. Why make the agent work to remember? And as for Twitter. No. And I'd title it UPDATE, revision on TITLE, as Requested or discussed-- or something like that.

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Re: Which email to use?
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2011, 08:15:05 PM »
But this is a brand new project, yes? Not related to the other one. If she invited you to query her again with a different project, perhaps keep that particular email in the loop, but I wouldn't respond by keeping a string of 20 correspondences regarding a project she rejected in the past in the query for a new one.  :wink:
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