Pass the canapes, and would you like to read my novel?
In your esteemed opinion, what does a writer do when they have met an agent at a book function and the agent agrees to see work (which we already have learned is a simple courtesy and not a promise) and the writer sends a sample but does not hear back (four months have gone by)? Is it proper to send a short note reminded the agent of the who, what, where, and why? Or should the writer just cross the agent's name off the list.
Please forgive me if this has been discussed already on your blog.
It's never incorrect to send a nice note (with an SASE!!!) inquiring about status. Something akin to "It was great to meet you at the launch party for Paris Hilton's new book. We talked about my manuscript "We'll Always Have Paris: a discussion of dogs as fashion accessories". I messengered the proposal to you on March 1. I'm writing to touch base about the status, and to thank you again for your time and consideration. Most sincerely yours, Helen of Troy"
Meeting an agent at a book function is a very unreliable indication of interest. It's very hard to say no to someone's face, although of course Miss Snark does it often and quite well.