Janet sent out 12 emails, 6 to writers who are still waiting and 6 to writers who presumably waited a while and then received their response. Eight responded.JR: all of the non-responsers were writers who had heard back from me.
1. Of the four who did not respond, were they writers who were still waiting or had they already received their response?
2. If the latter, what was the response they received?JR: All of them were passes
3. Assuming for the sake of this question that the four did not respond because they didn't think you'd like their response, would their response have been the opposite of the ones who actually did respond?JR: I'm not sure I understand this question.
4. Changing up the question and redirecting it back to Janet - How many ms did you simply not request for the reason that you lacked reading time?
JR: zero. If I think something has merit I ask to see it. When I get behind on reading, I stop doing other things or put off doing things, but I don't ever just pass because of time.
The ONLY time this is not true is if I've requested the full, and the author writes to me that she has an offer and the time frame to reply is less than a week. It's VERY hard for me to find time to read things at the last minute.
5. If a 2/3 response rate from writers to agents' queries is typical, does that mean writers are more professional or less professional than the significantly-lower percentage response rate of agents responding to writer queries?JR: More of course!
And as proof of that, here's one the emails I got in reply to my thank you for helping me out email:
Glad to help. In fact, you could ask me 47 more questions and I don't think we'd be even yet.
Here's one to get you started in case you're stuck for ideas: "Would you like to sign our agency contract?"