I'm really confused on this whole nudging concept as it seems different for every agent. I queried Awesome Agent -- a top agent at a top agency, very popular and seemingly, well, awesome -- and his/her agency's website says to nudge after 30 days on a query (but says nothing about submissions). So after 30+ days on my initial query, I politely nudged. Nothing. Then a short time later, AA requested a partial in a Twitter contest for the same MS. I sent it and noted that I'd recently nudged on a query, in case AA wondered why I was in their inbox twice. Crickets.
Now it's been 50+ days since I sent the requested partial, and still nothing. Others have reported that AA has been silent on their nudges regarding offers of rep from other agents. AA has also not replied to anyone in quite awhile, according to Query Tracker.
I've done Advanced Searches on Twitter to make sure I'm not missing updates about where AA is in his/her submissions, but there's nothing barring one very vague reply to someone, referencing how some agents are behind.
I realize partials take longer than queries, but given AA never replied to my initial query and isn't replying to people with offers of rep, I'm tempted to query another agent at the agency, as there are others who I think would be good fits as well. I've got numerous fulls and other partials out right now, but I was really hoping to hear what AA thought. But now I just don't know.
Is it just me, or isn't this a little unprofessional? I understand agents are incredibly busy, but AA hasn't closed for queries, or even made an official mention of being behind, or time frames, or anything public I can track down. I want to give this person more leeway, as, after all, they are AA. But I don't want to be the person who nudges their way to a big fat form rejection.
Your thoughts would be appreciated!
Well, my thoughts would probably set something on fire so stand back: This kind of Radio Silence is Not Ok.
And by Not Ok, I mean bad news.
Agents are no more busy than the rest of the world. That we are somehow exempt from 1. common courtesy 2. sound business practices or 3. karma, is delusional on our part. I've been on panels where agents busily recount the number of queries in their inbox or how they have to work on the weekend to keep up, and I want to say "take care of small children and then get back to me on busy." We're ALL busy.
The difference is that agents are running a damn business here. How you conduct your business tells people something. If you can't be bothered to reply to people that you've asked to send work, that says something.
That said, people get behind. *I* get behind. Just this week I had to meaculpa a client on letting her emails back up too long. It happens. The difference is: you don't let it go 50 days, and you start out with "I'm sorry." And it's NOT the norm.
Yes there's a difference between clients and queriers. But the standard is the same: if someone asks about a project, a quick reply within a reasonable amount of time is NOT too much to expect.
So, what to do here?
You'll want to keep querying of course.
You'll have to hold off querying other agents at Agent (NotSo) Awesome's agency till you either hear from her or withdraw the ms.
And you'll want to think carefully about what to do if Agent Awesome comes out from under her rock and is excited about your ms. Bad communication doesn't end at the query queue. It starts there.