I'm beginning to have more empathy for silence =no agents.
This is not a good thing.
What's getting me there is that queriers are now responding to form letters with cheerful little notes like:
Thanks so much for your prompt reply. I regret that we will not be able to work together on this project, but perhaps our professional paths will cross in the future as I continue writing my next novel.
Take care. Have a nice day.
Thank you for your kind response.
I am submitting to multiple agencies and I look forward to a "yes" soon.
On the face of it, this doesn't matter much.
But, managing incoming email is an increasing problem.
Five or ten of these a day (I'm not kidding!) start making me think about sending something like:
THIS IS A FORM LETTER.
I got your query.
If I want to read more I'll let you know.
I really value your input on this; thank you!
Here's the newest, revised version of the form rejection letter. Feel free to critique!
Thank you for your query and I apologize for this form reply.
I regret I have to pass on many interesting projects due to time constraints.
I urge you to query widely of course!
All good wishes,
FinePrint Literary Management
PS There's no need to respond to this email.