7.30.2006

Forlorn and flummoxed in Fargo

Miss Snark,

This is from the department of "you asked for the partial material, and six months later won't respond, even to reject it." It came from an assistant to be fair, and yet no amount of cordial prodding of the Internet variety seems to work. Is this no news? Not long enough, yet? Or go screw yourself pilgrim? As always, thanks for the insight behind the curtain.


Unanwered emails from an assistant?
My first guess is that person doesn't work there anymore and the company server just eats the email instead of spitting it back out with an auto-reply of "sorry charlie".

If you really want to know if you're getting the brush off, phone and just ask the person who answers if "Sally Suds-Muffin" is still working there. 1:3 gets you a no.

If she does, write her off. That means keep querying as though it's a no. It may not be, but this isn't the time to bet the farm, or even a thin dime on her calling up and saying "whoa baby, this is the next DaVinci Code". Besides, do you REALLY want to work with someone who thinks ignoring email is acceptable?

6 comments:

Nessie said...

IS there an english-agent dictionary out there for us to buy? It would save our nails and hair from all the biting and pulling...

Mark said...

I'm thinking maybe a Yo, Joe call is in order. Thanks.

Cynthia Bronco said...

After much thought in a similar situation (on which the fabulous Miss Snark advised me) I realized that Miss Snark was right. In no way do I want to work with an agent who can't provide a yes or no in even an unreasonable amount of time. Still I'd call... maybe the assistant did leave.

Ryan Field said...

An agent I won't mention by name requested a partial from me, and to this day has yet to respond one way or the other. It's been six months. Another agent recently requested a partial, and I'm moving on with this. Miss Snark is correct: you don't want to work with people who don't respond. But more than that, you don't want to work with anyone who causes you to question your own integrity. I've worked with many editors, and this sort of thing doesn't happen often. But when it does don't think twice about dismissing it as experience.

Anonymous said...

"...or even a thin dime on her calling up and saying "whoa baby, this is the next DaVinci Code".

Hey Miss Snark, I'd like to know where we can still make a call for a dime.

Sal said...

Hey Miss Snark, I'd like to know where we can still make a call for a dime.

Miss Snark was betting a dime, not using it to make a phone call.