An agent has my full and disappeared. I sent nudges timed appropriately and haven't received any response. They're not a no-response-means-no agent, either (supposedly.)
I haven't pinned hope on this one agent, and have other fulls out. However, there are others at this agent's agency who I think would be interested. The main reason I queried the first agent before the others is because I was given a referral. How long should I wait before querying others at their agency? Can I not query them if this agent just never responds to me?
Oh lord referrals. They are troublesome things they are. The good ones are when an agent has read your manuscript, knows it's not for her/him for X reason, and says "query so and so at AgencyAuctionLLC"
In fact, I'm now cackling with glee reading the reviews of a book where that exact thing happened. I read the manuscript, loved it, knew it needed what I didn't have, sent the author to one of my favorite competitors; they
The other kind of referrals are the ones that start "Such and Such said this was your kind of novel" and I've not spoken to Such for five years. Such hasn't read your novel and is just trying to get you off her query pile and onto mine.
It's hard for you the querier to know which one you have, of course, but my guess is you've got the second one based on the agent's behavior. She's "disappeared" which means she's probably trying to figure out what to say other than form rejection. (It feels awkward to form reject a referral which is why you guys are so hot for them of course.)
Here's what to do:
Step one: withdraw the manuscript from Agent Absent. Politely of course. I'm sure you know how to do this. If you don't I know I've posted wording previously.
Step two: submit the manuscript to Agent BetterChoice. At this point, there's no need to mention Agent Absent. Absent has dropped the ball here and you should NOT let that have an impact on you.
This is your career. Even if Agent Beta calls you up at midnight to spew and splutter that you are RUDE RUDE RUDE to submit this manuscript, it won't kill you, and two, you have my permission to say "horsefeathers BetaBreath."
This querying process is starting to resemble elaborate rules of court in some crazed Balkan country. This must be done, that must be done. Double space this, and make sure your font doesn't frolic on the page...yikes!
A query is a business letter. If the person to whom you are proposing a business arrangement fails to respond to your overture, and three polite follow ups, then time to move on to the next person on the list. As long as you're polite and observe the guidelines posted on the website, you're fine. And even if you don't and you're not: There Are No Query Police!