I have no love for it myself and try to answer most of the queries that I receive. (The ones I don't.)
But, I understand why some people don't.
Here's one of my favorite examples of why people don't.
Notice it's been sent to 850+ people.
And it's a REPLY to a rejection.
And here's something I saw on Twitter recently after Jessica Faust at BookEnds mentioned she'd been spending a lot of time in her query inbox.
But this happens more than you'd think given how much information is available on how to query effectively.
Even when people are just being nice and replying to rejections with "thanks for taking a look" it's still more email to read through and sort.
And I don't get anywhere close to the number of emails that high powered agents who work in YA see on a weekly basis.
Those numbers are truly daunting, and if it was just a matter of an auto responder, that's one thing.
But it's not.
You'd be surprised at how many people have auto responders on the email that they use for querying (NEVER DO THIS) saying they'll be back in the office on Monday.
Again, more email clutter.
This doesn't begin to mention the people who do oddball stuff that I've talked about in past posts.
Or the people who take a response as an invitation to a conversation. (It's not.)
Or scold me that their first email bounced when they'd sent it to an agency I last worked at in 2016.
Or tell me I asked to see a book via Twitter, leading me to dig around in my Twitter feed in case I had lost my mind and done something that stupid (I hadn't. Not then anyway.)
I'm sorry it's come to NORMAN for a lot of agents.
I hope I never have to resort to it. Being thicker skinned than everyone else, AND looking for blog fodder, it's not quite the problem for me that it is for nice young agents fresh out of agent school who aren't used to being called idiots with no taste.**
**my standard reply to those is
"aren't you glad you found out before I offered rep?"
which I've never actually sent, but think about
doing every single time.