Dear supreme divinity (and your human too):
(Killer Yapp is glad to see you recognize divinity when you see it)
All the people who matter (my wife and my mother) have said they don't consider me a nitwit (though the vote is evened up when you ask my two kids), but I'm flummoxed by some agent-speak that I hope you can translate.
I think I understand what "no unsolicited manuscripts" means. It means queries are OK, but don't send the manuscript. (Is that correct?) correct
Recently, however, I came across an agent who said she gets so many submissions, she is no longer accepting "unsolicited submissions." This strikes me as a bit Yogi Berre-esque ("Nobody goes to that restaurant; it's too crowded.")
Is this further agent-speak for "queries are OK, but don't include manuscripts"? Or does it mean just what it says: No submissions of any kind are welcome? If so, I'm curious how she stays so popular.
I can think of reasonable answers to all these questions, but rather than paste the candidates to my dartboard, I thought I would pilgrimage to the divine font and seek Truth direct from the horse's ars.... uh, mouth. So to speak. My horse's arsis? You really are taking poetic license with my steed bucko.
Thank you for all you do. You are one of a thousand points of light making this a kinder, gentler world. (Miss Snark is utterly horrified to hear THAT!)
Now, I know you are going to be amazed to hear this but it's quite true: there are some few agents in this world who have enough heavy hitter clients that they simply can't take on anyone new. These are the folks who say "no queries" or "no unsolicited queries". Take them at their word. If you meet them at a conference (unlikely) they might ask for something (that makes it solicited). If your friend says "I'll introduce you to my agent" and her agent is Agent Invitation, then that's also solicited.
You probably won't run into this very often cause the agents in this position usually try to get themselves OFF the lists you see. For them the slush pile is not anything other than a nuisance.