The Levine Greenberg agency has an extensive and intricate on-line submission setup (which I intend to use in January), which is for both fiction and nonfiction. At the end of the query/questionnaire, there is a place to upload files of up to 50 pages. In my opinion, it looks thorough and efficient, and since it's a web site, not an individual e-mail address, it gives the agency a buffer of sorts.
What does Miss Snark think of this set-up?
Jim Levine is a great agent, a darn fine author, and a nice man. I have nothing but respect for him so if LG had determined this is how to handle their slush pile, hunky dory.
What troubles me is they are on the "we only respond to what we want to see". I'm sure they get a lot more mail than I do; they've been established longer and they do big non fiction books that I don't touch. I may not have perspective on the size of their slush pile, but I just hate to see queries unanswered.
The reason I don't like this is cause it's rude. My colleagues and I go round and round on this. Those that practice the "affirmative only" say it's like not answering telephone calls from phone solicitors. I say it's not responding to people who have a legitimate reason for calling your business.
The form does seem to remove the bite back possibilities in two ways: it's not an email, and they don't write to say "no". They only write to say "yes".
All in all though, you'd be well represented by LG if they say yes. Go for it.