Dear Miss Snark,
I believe that I qualify for your coveted Nitwit of the Day award. Here's my situation.
It has been well over 3 months since I submitted to Agent A. Per her original guidelines, it states that response times for full manuscripts is 3 months (which would put the approx reply date at 1/8/06). However, with the holidays, I wanted to give her extra time. (today is the 19th...a big eleven days extra. try not to think of this as a lot ok?)
Well, today, I took the plunge and wrote a polite follow-up email, also offering to send a new SASE, since I'd been unaware of the then-pending postage increase at the time that I sent the material. (See? I send my SASE, darn it!) I clicked send and surfed over to her site to see if she has any news. Low and behold! She's changed the response time for full manuscripts from 3 months to 4 months!
Oy! So, to make a long story just a little longer, is it your professional opinion that I've totally blown my chances at having Agent A represent me and I am now public nitwit number one?
And why oh why do you think this qualifies you for Nitwit of the Day??
no no, you'll have to try MUCH harder to be in the running for that coveted honor.
First, despite all indications to the contrary, this is not a game of "gotcha". You did all the right things. She's changed her website to reflect the fact that she's behind on her reading.
You've offered a new SASE (which is really beyond the call of duty so it earns you further disqualification from nitwittery, sorry)
Give her another month. I'm behind too, I'm not sure exactly why but I can't seem to get caught up to save my life.