I was wondering, if an agency says "I'm sorry, but we're not taking on any new clients at this time?" Does it actually mean that, or are they trying to keep from commenting on my query?
Oh, and this company kept my query letter, does that mean anything? I've sent, snail-mail, six query letters. Three have come back, two with the original letters. That's the only reason I ask.
Could it mean...possibly...their list is full? Heaven forefend we would actually tell you that.
Assuming it might be code for "you suck" herewith the Snarketta Stone:
"I'm not taking new clients" means you didn't wow me enough to make me want to endure the pain of more work. It also means your work doesn't suck so much that it's "not quite right for ME, but do query those bozettes down the street".
No, it doesn't mean anything if your actual letter doesn't come back. Well, it means that they threw it away, but don't attach significance to it. I send letters back too, but not on your actual query letter. Not that I haven't considered that--running it through the printer on the reverse side-- but it seemed churlish even for a Certified Snarkster such as I.