I've noticed this behavior in one-to-one meetings, on Twitter, and at RLM Editorial. Writers contact me to get help with various parts of the publication process. Some want advice on writing a query letter. Others want a manuscript critique or line editing. Then, I never hear back. Maybe they are put off because I ask them to supply important elements of the story:
- A description of the main character
- The main character's want
- The obstacle(s) that get in the way of the want
- What's at stake (why the reader should care) and what will happen if the character fails
- The theme of the story
I'm not the only one who feels that these points are important.
But who really knows? There could be a multitude of reasons why I never hear back. And there's no point in trying to analyze why they ignore the help they've asked for. I am not offended. It's their choice. In all sincerity, I really do wish them the best. They must figure out if they actually need help. It's not an easy decision for some. But they should know that many writers sought out the advice at some point in their careers. They didn't ask for help and then ignore it. They asked for help and followed though.