There are a lot of interesting comments on the first post about auto-responders.
Several make the point that they don't want to seem rude if they don't reply right away to a request for more pages.
This is akin to the people who think it's rude not to reply to a form rejection.
I beg of you, please pay attention to what I'm telling you from THIS side of the mailbox.
There's only one person hovering at the mailbox during our email exchanges. It's not me. If you take a week to send pages, it's ok. I won't even notice. I MIGHT notice if it's been a month. I will notice and send a follow up if it's close to the end of the year.
Auto responders are a good deal for people who need or expect you to reply within a day. Or your mom, who worries if she doesn't hear from you. Not me.
This is one of the MANY reasons you should have an email that you use SOLELY for querying.
Here's why this is more than just a gripe from a cranky agent: this kind of junk reply email is why I consider going to an automated query system that doesn't allow you to actually have my email address. You just fill out a form on the website and click enter, and off it goes.
I'm very very reluctant to do that. I like to hear from real people, and be able to reply. Auto responders and knee jerk replies (thank you to form letters) and all-address-book emails are NOT from real people.