I've been waiting 14 months to hear from an agent regarding a full they requested. I'm expecting a, "no, thanks," but this one surprised me because the agent's reputation was solid. I heard from another writer who's been waiting 18 months. As we continue to write other stories, we've politely nudged (a few times) but never get a reply, even on the nudge. It's now embarrassing. Is this length of time waiting for a full an anomaly or becoming an industry norm? And since it's a full manuscript request, should we expect a personal reply?Yeesh, I thought I was The World's Worst Agent on delayed replies, but while I have mss that have been here for ~cough~ awhile, I have responded to nudges saying I'm a total slacker, it's true, but yes I'm still interested.
I will also tell you that some editors have begun doing this no reply thing and it drives me crazy.
Well, it drives me crazy twice, and then I stop sending them stuff.
We've all heard the truism that you know a person by how they treat the wait staff in a restaurant. Otherwise normal people who become surly and rude when ordering a meal, well, that tells you a lot about their character.
I think it's also an indication of character about how agents treat writers in general. I've been standing on my soapbox, ranting like a crazy person, about this very thing for quite some time. Sure, we're all behind on our reading but geeze, just let the writer know you're neither dead nor fled!
And I'll tell you another thing that I have found illuminating. It's often the busiest, most successful person who replies to emails with the most alacrity. I've seen that in both agencies where I've worked; I've seen it with many of the editors I've pitched.
Bottom line: I think you should write these agents off. Either they're too busy to take on new work, or they think letting you sit there waiting endlessly is ok.
And I hope this is not an indication of industry norms in the making.
I will stand with you at the barricades should that come to pass.
"ANSWER YOUR DAMN EMAILS" etched on cobblestones.
[ Can a musical be far behind? ]
And as for a personal reply, at this point, any reply would be better than none.
I know some of my more tender-hearted colleagues get all wrapped up in things like "I have to say something, I've had this for so long" but those are good intentions paving the road to hell. Just answer
yes or no and attach a jpg to match the message.
|Miles for "YES I LOVE YOUR MS"|
|Maximus for "No"|