Here's the deal. I'm a snot nosed (26) nobody fantasy writer. My absolute number one desired agent's assistant requested three sample chapters a little less than a month ago. I sent three chapters (1, 21, 32. I know what you're thinking, but they let me. And those are three freakin' cool chapters). After two sniveling follow up emails I received this from the assistant.
Dear Mr. SnotBoogie, **
Your work is with Miss Snark at the moment. She is off on holiday for the next two weeks but we will be in touch with you on her return, if it is ok with you. She has got a lot of reading to get through - I am sorry to make you wait so long and thank you for your patience.
When Killer first requested chapters, she said "we"will look at it if you send it to "us." So here's my question, should I assume that I have made some progress? Did I only make it to the mega agent because her assistant read the chapters and passed it on? And if I am at a stage beyond the initial screener, what are my odds at this point?
Not good if you keep nagging her.
The fact you sent two (and I quote here) "sniveling follow up emails" in less than a month would put you straight in the not quite right for me stack of recycling. Lay off.
Now, as to "we". We agents, and that means everyone in the office including the rubber plant speak in the royal we. It also tends to be a girl thing. (no feminist emails PLEASE--I didn't say I think it's a sign of nitwittery, it's just an observation). It doesn't mean a thing. Don't try and read "we leaves" to see where you are in the pack.
Right now you need to quit focusing on your dream agent and get cracking on more query letters. You might be surprised how fun it is to have more than one person thinking you're WEally Wonderfull.
And Killer Yapp doesn't read the slush. He guards the Rolodex.
**SnotBoogie is homage to David Simon. David Simon is a god. If you don't know his work, you are missing out on the best work in TV. (You can also get it on NetFlix)