Hello Ms. Snark,
What is the typical length of time that agents take to respond to query letters from first time authors? If one does not get a response within a few days, should one assume that the query has not been very exciting? How long should one wait without getting jittery?
Thanks for any helpful comments.
A couple days? You wait that long? Frankly, 24 hours, no, really, 24 minutes is about how long you should wait. When you think about it, agents really are just waiting at the mailbox (snail or electronic) just waiting with bated breath to hear from you, and the very second your missive arrives they fall on it with cries of glee. Somewhat the way I feel about this email in fact.