I'm going to skip right over the part about how this arrived in my email inbox when I specifically tell people our agency doesn't handle e-queries, and move right to the good stuff...
subject line: this might interest you
text: after being rejected by a million agents, ~Fido Fleckstein~ has published his novel online and you can go read it here: ~www.Fleckstine.com~
Let's deconstruct this.
The work you think is fabulous has been rejected by what looks to be the entire known universe. This does not bode well for me liking it either.
Yes, I like weird and avant garde things.
Yes I love what they publish at Softskull and
what they publish at Akashic
but so do a lot of other agents. I'm not enticed at all with this "clever" plan to persuade
me that this is an overlooked gem.
Second, I rarely go looking for new writers on the web.
Mostly cause there's so much dreck out there it's a
MUCH more efficient use of my time to read a literary magazine like
or any of the other things you can pick up at any good indie bookstore.
Third, you sent me an email (despite the fact we don't do e-queries)
and it was a blind carbon copy without a single hint you knew a damn thing about me,
or the agency. That identifies you almost instantly as a person who knows nothing about publishing. As an agent, it becomes my thankless, frustrating and largely UNPAID job
then to coach you about the industry if I were to take you on.
Given a choice between someone who's clearly done some sort of reading about the
business side of the industry and
some nitwit who knows he's an undiscovered James Joyce,
I'm going to pick Side A every time.
And every agent I know is too.
We like to spend our
time selling your work, not teaching you about the industry.
Now, go read something good.
Start with Writers Market.