An author I’m in touch with got a nice reject from you that she felt good about, then someone pointed out it was likely a form letter, and the author thought that meant her query “wasn’t considered” as if she thought form letter meant an agent didn’t read it ?!? So I’m letting her know that we all get lots of form letters but it’s a time saver, not that the agent didn’t actually read the query. Poor thing! But it made me wonder if anyone else believes that.Writers find such new and mind boggling ways to torment themselves that I should keep a list.
This would be on the list.
A form response does NOT mean the agent didn't read or consider the query.
My task is to find work I can sell.
Why would I reject something without reading it?
It literally doesn't make sense for me to do that.
Now, did I read ALL of it?
Did I read enough to know it was a request or a pass?
Do I send form letters so I don't have to type the same thing over and over?
Do I send form letters because I don't want to encourage writers to respond with "but but but" if I point out something that needs work (word count is the big one here.)
Do I send form letters because I don't want to tell someone they are delusional and ask when they last stepped in a bookstore?
Do I send form letters so I avoid the vitriol I want to send when writers make assumptions about publishing, or worse, assumptions about ME?
Yes, yes indeed.
I read your queries.
All of them.
Most agents I know do too.
Most of us depend on incoming queries to keep the pipeline moving.
We're not going to be shortsighted enough to stop reading them.