So, I've been reading the comments on BadBadAgents over at BookEnds (ok, it's not really called that, it's called A Time To Vent, but hey, titles are subject to change, we all know that).
It seems a few people have been reading my snarly comments about "I look forward to hearing from you soon" and they think it demonstrates lack of concern, or lack of professionalism, or lack of something.
Well, probably. I'm just a steaming heap o'lack most days of the week. Lack o'sympathy for starters.
But if we could all just ease our undies for a second and remember it's also just a post on a blog about how to polish your query letter. I don't think I've ever rejected anyone for saying "I look forward to hearing from you soon" much like I don't think I've ever shot myself in the head to see if a gun was loaded. Please.
I sympathize with some of the other comments posted, and I'm with you on the no-reply to query thing, but where we part company is when people start talking about how personalized rejections are part of my job. They are not. My job is to sell. I read queries and find the work I think I can sell. The rest of it is no. Why I say no is absolutely irrelevant to you. Maybe it's cause you know, you signed off with "I'm looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow".