Dear Miss Snark:
I query agents by email only. I try my best to only query agents who accept email queries, but occasionally I send queries to agencies that do not accept them by accident. Apparently such was the case as I received a response from a VERY reputable agent with ICM (who usually don't take unsolicited queries). I queried regarding a non-fiction proposal. The following is a timeline that will best set up my question:
4:00 PM: I send out about 20 queries to agents from an internet resource.
9:30 PM: I receive this email from said ICM agent: "Fascinating. Please send the proposal. I look forward to receipt."
6:30 AM (next morning): I reply, inquiring whether she prefers email or snail mail.
6:50 AM: She responds, indicating email. (bold is Miss Snark's addition)
8:30 AM: I send the proposal as an attachment, with a cover letter as the email itself.
11:00 AM: She replies: "Many thanks. I'll print it out and have a look"
Now for my question:
It has only been a few days, and I know you HATE nudges, but when, if ever, should I follow up? (and how?) I know standard rule is about 2-5 weeks, but the speed at which all of this occurred, and her last reply leads me to believe that she would be reading the proposal soon. Is it a good sign that she hasn't responded yet? If it is a rejection she probably would have just sent an email, being that that is our correspondence media thus far. What should I make of the situation if two weeks pass?
Wait, you got an email from someone at 6:50 am and you think she was in the office?
Have you lost your mind?
"I'll print it out and read it" is shorthand for "got it, I'll read it when I can" cause most people don't want to sound as cold and cruel as Miss Snark...even at 6:50 am.
You know she has it.
She'll get back to you.
Three weeks MINIMUM and five is better.
The fact that you heard from her promptly and at that horrid hour most likely means she's clearning up her email box before vacation.
Try to avoid shooting yourself in the font if you can.