From the cheap seats comes this call from a Snarkling in training.
Lovely Miss Snark, you know, with the copious amounts of gin you claim to enjoy, living with an artist, snarking up a storm, and jaded as you are from the New Yorky having "been there and done that" (despite the fact that you're probably no older than your early thirties--if that)do tell me something, wouldja? Where did you come up with the oh-so-rigid policy of not accepting e-queries?
Some of us simply will not consider an agent if we are told we must send a query by snail.
How can you possibly expect to compete with all those young (and not so young) agents who are eager to read and respond to the good stuff as soon as it comes in?
I once sent a few line e-query for a non-fiction book. The agent happened to get it immediately and respond back within two minutes to send the complete 50 page proposal. I sent it by e-mail attachment. Within 11 minutes she wrote back saying she read it and wanted to sign me...Ultimately, I didn't go to the dance with her but my point is: How can you compete with this kind of cyber-speed when you're locked into the snail mail thing?
Is it not time to reconsider being in the dark ages with this query by snail mail policy now that you are beginning to taste the juicy fruits of immediate responses on this blog?
I mean, seriously, if you're wanna run with the Big Dogs, how can you afford to let other hot -to-trot agents get the goods before you do?
How long did it take you to write your proposal?
Are you SURE you want someone to spend only 11 minutes looking at it?
Cause, if all you want is speed, baby, I can speed read with the best of them.
But, if perchance, and think this over carefully, you want an agent who actually reads things carefully, looks up a few things herself, thinks more than one minute about it, and THEN reaches an opinion, Miss Snark might be your pail of gin.
That's not to say those people who take e-queries are hopped up ADD unfocused flim flam artists. Several of my most respected and dear colleagues take e-queries. Some ONLY take e-queries. Frankly, I have no idea how they do it.
A second consideration on my part is format. I write MUCH differently for this blog both in diction and in format than I would on paper.
Publishing remains a paper based art form. Ebooks haven't usurped the mass market paperback yet.
You have to put it on paper at some point, and write for the page at some point. Why NOT before you go to the big dance with a pretty girl like me.
I'm not much on people who value speed over form. If that means you won't query me, it's probably gonna be ok for both of us.