My first few couple of responses have come back. Agent #1 said NOPE! Well, what he (and by ‘he’ I mean his personal assistant) actually said was “We’re afraid your project does not seem right for our list, but thank you for thinking of us, and best of luck in your search for representation.” Which is really just NOPE! gussied up in a tasteful dress but it only took him 5 days to come back to me which is damned impressive.
Actually “next” is agent #2 who I also heard back from today. What I got from her isn’t a “yes” but it isn’t a “no” either. What the email said was: “Due to the large volume of electronic queries we receive most are briefly reviewed and declined. However we are intrigued by your letter and would like to further consider your proposal. Please send a copy of this email, along with this same query and a SASE, by snail mail to the address below. After we have received your snail mail query, we will then send you specific instructions for submitting your project to the Agency.”
I guess this is a fast way of weeding out the obvious mismatches so they can concentrate on projects with potential. Agent #2 was at the top of my A List – this is the one referred to me by my friend Jan – so to get a response like this is very encouraging. Especially as it was only my second!