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Like most writers, I put a lot of thought, time, and research into selecting an agent. I compose a professional query and submit a manuscript that might be a good match for their manuscript wish list. At the very least, I expect some kind of a reply.
But there are a few agents don't feel the need to inform a writer of their decision. What's that all about? How hard can it be? Are they too arrogant to reply? Overworked? Are they disorganized or simply don't care? It seems like some have forgotten that at the end of a query is a diligent, hard-working writer.
My writer friends say don't take it personally (I don't) and it happens because they're swamped (yeah, I'll remember that when I see agents tweeting what they're deciding to have for dinner or posting pictures of their pets.)
I'm over sending polished manuscripts and filling out detailed query forms only not to hear back. So, when I encounter agents who keep me waiting and never respond, I cross them off of my list. They are not the agents for me.
Now you may think this situation, this not hearing back sounds discouraging, but in truth, it can be avoidable.
Here's my plan: I can keep good records of the agents who have replied to my queries versus the ones who haven't. I can go to Query Tracker to learn what other writers have said about the response time from agents. I can check in with other writers to find out what their experience has been in submitting to a specific agent. It's up to me to pinpoint the ones who are trustworthy, the ones who are professional, the ones who are compassionate. There will always be agents who will not respond. But I can choose agents who recognize writers are earnest and are waiting to hear back.
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