I started querying a few weeks ago and today I was looking through Query Tracker to get a sense of agent response times. I found that one of the agents I queried had been removed from the agency website (and is presumably no longer with said agency).
I checked and my query email was not viewed (I track my email opens just in case I end up in spam).
With that in mind, should I still wait the eight weeks that agency suggests between querying agents or is it fair game to send to someone else within the agency? There are several other agents there that I think may be a fit.
Each agency handles email to no-longer-there agents in their own way, but once an agent is gone, and has not seen your query, it's fair game to move ahead. For one and done agencies (query one agent you're done with all the agents) it's ok to query another agent. For other agencies, query as though you hadn't queried before. You do NOT need to mention you queried previously.
Here at New Leaf if you query an agent who is no longer here, you'll probably get an email from me saying so, and telling you to requery another agent. I don't know if other agencies do that but it helps me keep our incoming queries tidy.