Last week was certainly an interesting one where queries were concerned.
I received a query from a person who had cc’d 60 other agents on the email.
Now, that’s the first mistake here. I understand that this business feels depersonalized and the standard rejection letters certainly aren’t a joy, but email etiquette pretty much dictates that you query one agent per email. Query as many agents as you want but not in the same email.
Doing otherwise just makes agents itch to send the NO response as quickly as possible. Nothing like being one of a crowd.
Well, I’m guessing this is what happened. The query didn’t interest me so I replied with my standard letter.
The next day I, and the 59 other agents, received an angry email expressing the writer’s disbelief that not one in the pack of us (not much of a paraphrase here) wants to read THE NEXT GREAT BOOK OF OUR TIME (and yes, that was in all caps).
What a warm fuzzy. Definitely feel like I need to change my mind and request those sample pages now. Not.
Didn’t this person every take Psych 101? Has lambasting a person for not recognizing your genius ever resulted in the person changing his or her mind about your potential?
If you want the quickest way to shoot yourself in the foot, I’d say this would be it.