Dear Miss Snark,
A post from 9/1/05 (thank you for the index!) (thanks entirely to Miss Adventure, or as we call her The Miracle Worker) states one month as a standard response time for a query.
What about mailed queries (fitted with custom SASE's) out to reputable agents for over two months with no reply?
1) Re-send the original query in the mail (with SASE enclosed)?
2) Email a copy of the query?
3) Consider the non-response a "no" response and move on?
Thank you for your kind clarification!
errrr....you might have actually queried Miss Snark on this one.
She's a tad behind on her queries cause she's been..well...not reading queries, let's just leave it at that.
Anyway. The correct answer is 1.
I've gotten some emails saying 'I sent you a query, what happened' and the honest answers are "I haven't read it yet but I will" OR "hell if I know".
One buffoon described the paper and envelope he sent the query in.
I'm going to search a stack the length of my arm for "cream colored paper with a pretty egret stamp"? Ya right.
I'm not going to search a query letter stack to save your life OR mine. I'll read the queries instead and maybe actually get to yours.
Some of my colleagues are as behind as I am, but the truth is that you might just possibly perhaps maybe have forgotten the SASE; or addressed it to me instead of you; or, written it in soluble ink and the PO now can't read it; or, used an address label that fell off, Or, KY could have eaten it. He likes egrets.
Meanwhile of course, you continue to query other agents.