Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I'd Rather Get a Rejection than Nothing
The trend I've noticed recently is that many agents are no longer sending out rejections. I'm a logical person so I can understand their point that rejections, even form letters, take time. However, I'm one of those authors who spends a lot of time researching agents. If I've sent an agent a query, I've spent a lot of time researching that person to determine if that agent might be a good match for my manuscript, and genre. I even have a subscription to Publisher's Marketplace at $20 per month to research agents in my genre.
As a result, I'd rather have a form rejection than a non response, or an automatic "if you don't receive a response in 4-8 weeks, consider it a pass." I received a rejection from an agent today whom I researched, looked up her clients on Amazon, Twitter stalked, and insured I had everything in the submission that her web site requested. The rejection was e-mailed and addressed to "Dear Author." Honestly, aside from a pang of disappointment, I thought, Thank you...Thank you for taking a few seconds and letting me know that I can cross you off my list, and therefore I will not need to bother sending a followup (ahem, by the way, here I am, little 'ole Amy, wondering if you got my query two months ago).
What would you prefer?