Dear Her Magestic Snarktitude, Keeper of all Information,
What does it mean when an agent says, in her rejection letter, that she passed it around the office?
For instance "Agent X read your work with interest, and shared it with a few other agents here. The general consensus in the office is that . . . ." (platitudes, all platitudes, I assure you.)
I've gotten more than one letter like this. Is this shorthand for "don't bug us kid." (and of course by kid, I mean 40 year old housefrau)? Does this mean that I can't query anyone else at that agency?
Thank you for your wisdom.
As you know Miss Snark flies around on her broom, sans colleagues. That does not mean however that she's not hung out in the offices of said colleagues when the mail arrived. More than once, a good letter has arrived, and the person to whom it was addressed said 'nope, not my bailiwick but how about you" and passed it around to the other folks in the office and also me.
Generally it means you don't suck.
Specifically it means this person said no, and probably the other people in the office will too if you queried them cause they've taken a cursory look at it.
Focus on the part of the answer that says "it doesn't suck" cause no one writes "I showed it around" on something so bad they were all laughing it. Those are read aloud if it's a slow news day.
Keep querying. There are four hundred agents in New York. You only need one.