Since I’m on the topic of queries…
I’ve noticed an interesting trend lately of writers utilizing spam prevention tools.
Now that in itself isn’t bad. Goodness knows, I have two spam filters in place that save me from headache. Even with them, I still get ten or so emails a day asking me to be a partner in moving obscene amounts of money.
Really, it makes you wonder whether using the word Nigeria will automatically get your query spam-zapped.
Having a spam filter certainly isn’t my issue. I strongly recommend them.
No, what I’m having an issue with is the new spam prevention programs where the onus is on the responder to act in order for the email to be delivered.
For example, if I send the email (let’s say in response to a query), an auto reply will be emailed back to me in return. This email will state that if I want my email to be delivered (which more than likely contains my standard NO response), I must click on a link that will take me to a website where I have to decode a wonky font word into intelligible typewritten text and then hit a submit button.
Then my email response will be delivered and supposedly, I won’t have to participate in this exercise again with this particular email address.
So let me ask you this. How likely do you think it’s going to be that I, or any agent for that matter, will take the time to go through this process so my standard NO letter will reach you?
If you are thinking “unlikely,” you’d be right.
Which means a lot of folks aren’t going to be receiving a response from me. Maybe I should simply apologize up front right here on my blog.
Or I can offer a suggestion. Avoid this type of spam prevention if you are email querying. Better yet, perhaps you need an email address and inbox reserved exclusively for your querying—something that isn’t used for other business and therefore won’t get grabbed by the spam loops.
Most Internet providers allow you more than one address as part of the package and there are always the freebies such as yahoo and hotmail in a pinch.
Or you can go along your merry way assuming all agents are heartless non-responders when in reality we are simply caught in the world of Spamalot.