I am preparing to send out my first round of queries to a small number of agents. One agency's submission guideline page said this, "Please do not send any of us individual email directly. Thank you!"
It is my understanding that queries should be addressed to a specific agent. The submission page does list four agents with their preferences on subjects and such. I do feel that one agent of the four would be the most interested in my query.
So my question is who should I address the query to? To the agency? To the specific agent?
This is the only agency where I have come across this request. Thank you for your time and advice.
Does this agency ask you submit the query to a generalized email address like Queries@AuctionThisMofos. com?
If so, what they mean by "don't send individual email" is do not query AgentB@AuctionThisMofos.com
If you are to send a query to a generalized email, you can personalize within the email but send it to the query email address listed.
Fr: Your email address
Subject line: Query for GONE ONCE by You The Author (a novel)
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I think what this agency is trying to avoid is having multiple agents get the same query (this happens more than you think) or queries going to the wrong mailbox. Depending on how the agency is run, agents may only get screened queries so it's Really Important you send to the email address they give
and not try to bypass the gatekeeper by sending to Agent B directly. Most likely she'll just throw it out.