October 5th, 2007

books

random query stuff

This week's winner for query that traveled the furthest: From Fiji.

Reasons why e-queries can cause problems #286: An equery was received that consisted of just one-line and an attachment. A reply was sent indicating that I do not open unsolicited attachments. That reply was bounced because of the filter on the email account. There was no other contact information in the original email. Add this person to the list of writers who thinks that agents are rude because they do not respond. Sigh.

Reasons why e-queries can cause problems #287: A response indicating lack of interest to pursue a project netted instead that project being sent as an attachment because the author thought I might change my mind if I read it. It's not impossible that if I had time to read every book by every author who queried that I would find one that grabbed me. But I simply cannot read over 100 books per week. And even though the email was politely worded, it still seemed to indicate to me that the author did not respect this limit.

I only made one submission request this week and it was for something in the thriller genre.

What else could I discuss besides queries and the submission process? I'm feeling a little too obsessed with it...


ETA: I got this reply coupon in a query and I have to wonder if anyone would honestly check that they "can perceive no value in the proposed submission, is afraid of change, and able to bear the shame of failing to sign the next cross-media superstar." The only other two choices are to request materials. Am I the only one who finds this somewhat rude of an approach?