Today I received an email that, on the face of it, was a polite statement the author had secured representation and a publisher. I get those fairly regularly. No problem, right? Just being polite, right?
This author in question wasn't in my fulls t0 be read file, or my partials to be read pile, or my queries pending pile, or even in my "sent back for revisions, changes, suggestions, polishing; watch for next email" file.
No. This author was in the form rejection file. From July. And not just once, twice.
I looked him up, just to make sure I wasn't reading a full or a partial or expecting anything. Nope, form rejection. Twice.
Most likely this author thinks he's just being prudent to email all the agents he queried just in case any of them are still holding on to his query. That's what it looks like from his side of the conversation.
From my side it looks a bit different. It looks like "neener neener, you rejected me and I found an agent and a publisher."
Well, I'm pretty tough, I can live with it but it's not my favorite kind of email to get on a Monday morning. And frankly I'm touchy about this stuff. Maybe overly touchy. But I figure I upheld my side of the bargain. I responded to the email query. I responded to the same one twice, even though it was clear this guy hadn't figured out that all those Janet@'s were the same person. I didn't breath fire and fury and I didn't just ignore him.
As far as I'm concerned that's pretty much the end of any emails about this particular project. I don't want to know if you got an agent or a deal. I don't want to know anything more about your book at all. If I did, I'd have said something in one of the emails I sent back.
And here's the other part of the equation. The not-nice part. I remember these emails. And now every time I see the author's name, and the title of the book this is what I remember. Not that I sent a form rejection. Not even that I sent it twice. Nope, I remember "neener neener." And that's NOT how you want to be remembered, is it?
But let's hear from you on this: