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.
If the agent is gone, and no one read your email, you've got a blank slate.
You can query as though you had not queried before.
Joseph Snoe's comment on today's post raises a good point:
I'm guessing the original poster was wondering if someone else in the agency would review Dead or Fled agent's unopened email queries. I'm guessing the answer is no, they won't .Query someone else at the agency (after checking one more time the first agent truly is no longer there).
And he's right. We are all trying to keep our own query box under control; most of us don't ask to look at someone else's. We might look through the inbox for something like notice of an offer, or some other non-query kind of item, but the actual queries are pretty much discarded unread.