A few months ago I started the querying process for a supernatural thriller of mine. Within the first couple of weeks I received three requests for the full manuscript. About a week later, two of those three agents politely declined. Three months later, and one of them has yet to get back to me. My problem is this: I emailed the manuscript to the agent's assistant as requested. The agent's website indicates response time of 4-6 weeks. It's been well over that, so last week I sent a polite follow up to the assistant just to make sure the manuscript was received, and I have yet to get a response.
Is it considered 'too pushy' to email the agent directly for a follow up? I'm worried that perhaps the assistant isn't receiving my emails. I say this because the other two agents I emailed responded right away with a "thank you! I will get back to you in ____ amount of time," but I didn't receive any confirmation from the assistant what so ever.
Thanks for you time! I hope I'm not being too paranoid.
There's no such thing as too paranoid when you're a writer. You guys can work yourselves into a frenzy over correct punctuation. I've seen it happen:
However in this case you are not paranoid. You are correct to be concerned. I can think of several things that might have happened:
1. The assistant is no longer employed there and the agency hasn't fixed her email yet.
2. The assistant doesn't know she's supposed to acknowledge receipts of full manuscripts.
3. They didn't get it, the assistant lost it, or some other cataclysmic event that is giving the assistant conniptions.
Therefore, because this is your career, and your manuscript, you politely email the agent and say "I just want to confirm that you received the manuscript you requested from me on DATE. Thank you for your time and consideration. Love, You.
Never assume someone got a file. I've seen this happen, and in fact, wrote a blog post about it.
And the reason I know this is the correct path? It happens with editors too.