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Offline AlythiaB

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I'm trying to gain more perspectives on this topic for my readers! Would you mind reviewing the article and adding your $.02? Thank you so much!!!  ;D

Anybody There?!--A Review of Responsive and Non-Responsive Literary Agents http://www.alythiabrown.com/4/post/2013/03/anybody-there-a-review-of-responsive-and-non-responsive-literary-agents.html

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Re: Fellow queriers! Will you post a comment with your experiences?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013, 12:14:54 PM »
I found your article helpful. I liked that you had a little personal blurb about each that helped put the experience with them in perspective.

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013, 12:56:58 PM »
Well done. Your post points out the benefits of using Querytracker to find the most responsive agents. I personally like every literary I've met over the years. I've taken a few to lunch, and had dinner with a couple I've met at conferences. When they realize you're not trying to pitch to them, but want to know more about them as a person, sometimes they will open up. Most literary agents are overwhelmed, and they know it, but still try to take on new clients. They turn away great stories because the publishers they work with tell them they don't want any more stories like that. It is not an easy business to be in and the vast majority of literary agents work many long hours. That said, it would be better for the industry, if all agents at least responded to queries they receive.

It is like the person who receives a hundred emails per day and doesn't respond to every one of them. People think the person is rude and doesn't care about what the sender had to say, when in truth the person fell asleep at 2:00 AM in the morning trying to write one more sincere note in response to next email in line.   

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Re: Fellow queriers! Will you post a comment with your experiences?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2013, 01:40:54 PM »
Thank you so much for your thoughts! I totally agree with you, Nostrabuttus. That's why I was trying to stress the point that you shouldn't get mad if you don't hear anything. I didn't even think it was a realistic goal to respond to every query so I was pleasantly surprised to find agents that do! The follow up to this post will focus on creating a nice blend of responsive and non-responsive agents to ease the pins and needles phase. I think if you get responses every so often, it helps distract you from the ones that are quiet. Thanks for reading! Karma to you both!
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Re: Fellow queriers! Will you post a comment with your experiences?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013, 07:19:05 PM »
As an aside, how hard is it for agencies to send automatic replies so that we know our submissions were received? I would think you'd have to do that if you're going to be a "no means no" agency, otherwise we wonder if they ever received our queries at all. So frustrating.
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Re: Fellow queriers! Will you post a comment with your experiences?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013, 04:48:38 PM »
I think that would benefit both agent and writer, alike, Garnick!  :yes: The agent wouldn't receive annoying follow ups from anxious writers who think their query was eaten by spam filtration!
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Re: Fellow queriers! Will you post a comment with your experiences?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2013, 09:28:24 PM »
Helpful post. I do prefer the agent get back to me one way or another, but as long as they clearly identify themselves as a "no response means no" agency and give a time frame for that, I'm okay with it. I agree with Garnick--especially with an agency that doesn't respond if they're not interested, an auto-reply that they received our query would be appreciated.