So for those of use who have e-queried agents, what happens if we don't hear back from them? I know you're not supposed to query again, but what if they fall into the category of simply deleting messages without reading them, and we don't realize this? Is it okay to, after a certain amount of time, send in a paper query? After how long? Thanks!
Miss Snark has absolutely had it with her colleagues who think that by virtue of being literary agents they have license to abandon the rules of business etiquette.
IF an agent elects to accept e-queries, common courtesy dictates a response should be sent. It can be a form response "thank you but not right for us" but there should still be something.
This hogwash about we'll get back to you if we're interested is ridiculous. If you don't want to deal with queries then DON'T but to just blithely disregard them as though some sort of Ridley Scott robot is on the other end and not a human being is just plain BAD MANNERS.
There are enough times when common courtesy goes out the window in this city: morning subway rides leap to mind, and people who whistle in elevators.
We're not curing cancer here and lives don't depend on our decisions. We aren't so busy that we can't be courteous.
So, colleagues, shape up. Answer your damn emails or stop taking e-queries.
As to the actual question the Snarkling asked, if you don't hear back, I'd mail a query within a month. But I'd also not be all that excited about working with someone who thinks it's ok to brush you off cause you're "just slush".