Dear Miss Snark,
what do you think of wonderful agent Kristin's take on technology:
Example #1: Accepting email queries.
I have many friends who just can’t get on board with this because they still love, for various reasons, the paper format. Perhaps it’s easier on the eyes to read or perhaps they think writers take more care with the writing of the letter if they will go to the length of paying $0.39 for the stamp or whatever.
I know many of my agent friends will hate me for this but I can’t help but think that’s just unnecessary old school.
If you’re an agent looking to build a client list, then it’s a numbers game and the faster you can get to a good project, the more likely you’ll be to land it. I know I’ve taken on many a good client because I was timely in my response via email.
I’m using technology to my advantage.
In fact, I’ve taken on one client in my career who couldn’t use email and wasn’t interested in learning.
Never again. My clients also need to be technologically savvy because that’s how I operate.
I think Kristin Nelson is very very smart.
I know she sells good stuff for good money.
I know she's going to read this and laugh cause this isn't the first time she's stared down her elegant nose and tsk tsk tsk'd at me for not taking email queries.
Well...she's probably right but I'd use a fountain pen if I could get away with it too.
That said, she's right exactly on the money about technology. I've let go of clients who couldn't get their electronic acts together. Things move too fast now; a client not only has to be on email but must check it regularly and know how to send documents, edited documents, and all that kind of good stuff.
I don't take equeries because I read slowly. I know if I read too fast I tend only to see problems. I read something twice before I ask for a partial. I only ask for one or two a week. I get 100 letters. Takes me about 6 hours a week to go through them all. I turn them around, mostly, in a week. I know for a dead ass certain fact that's not a slow response time even in this electronic world.
I am old school in many respects. I'm ok with that, and my clients are ok with that.