I would appreciate your opinion on the following quote from The Rejecter’s blog:
The general rule is: If you can find the agent's email address on a major website (like AgentQuery.com), it's safe to send an email query, but be professional about it. And yes, you can put the first couple pages below the text if you want; that's no skin off our backs.
As always, thank you!
Actually I think she amended the post when I sent her a heads up that I was going to say no no no about that.
Agent emails get posted all over the place. My buddy Gerard Jones posts all of them he can get his mitts on. Lots of people see an email address and fire off a query without doing a single lick of research. For proof I can offer up all the queries received here at MissSnark. What kind of nitwit queries Miss Snark?? More than twenty, less than five hundred. Nitwits all.
AgentQuery had my (authentic) email up for awhile but they were pretty speedy about taking it down when I asked. Other places haven't. And then there are dog help us, the folks who promise to tailor your query email list to "select agents" and fire off form emails that all sound alike. One of the blog readers sent me the source of those -these guys. I get emails from them all the time even after clicking the "don't send me mo, no mo" links.
I don't want to get into whether agents should take queries by email.
The point of this post is to help you make sure your query gets read.
Even if you see an email at a "reputable place" don't assume the agent reads queries electronically.