Bing, bang, bong. 10 queries in 10 minutes.
Funny thing was though, I forgot to send a form reply.
Instead I answered each one.
And then I got this:
I know you get a lot of crap from writers for sending personal rejections, so I wanted to say THANK YOU. ... I know this rejection probably took you less than a minute to write, but it has really helped me out. Please continue to make little differences like this in the lives of authors- for every one author you get who snaps at you for it, there will be another ten of us who are truly grateful. I have other works in progress. Expect to hear from me in the future if I ever have something that's a fit for you!
well, you had me at thank you of course. It's always a pleasant surprise not to get yelled at for rejection.
And then it occurred to me that there were probably a lot more people like Miss Z here who were glad to hear more than "no" and weren't going to shriek bloody murder.
How to reach those folks?
Here's the idea: One night a week, probably Friday or Saturday night, between 9pm and 10pm (Eastern Shark Time) I'll reply individually to queries received during that time slot.
The queries get a reply NOT to be confused with feedback. There might be some feedback, but that's not the point of the experiment. The point is simply to reply individually, not via a form letter.
The queries need to be for realz. No querying western haiku just to try to get a reply.
I'd like to ask for no crazy replies, but I think we just need to let the chips fall where they may.
What do you think of this? Comment column replies welcomed.