I sent a query letter and the first five pages of my young adult book to a well-known agent who claims to be looking for clients. I mailed my stuff Oct. 23 from a deep south state, and the post office said it would take three to five days to reach New York. The next Tuesday I got a rejection letter. It was typed on letterhead dated Oct. 19, and it was mailed Oct. 26, the earliest possible day my query could have arrived. I suspect shadiness.
Is it possible that my query arrived the morning of Oct. 26, and this agent read and rejected my stuff in time to have a rejection letter in the mail to me that same day? Assuming the mail is delivered around lunch, he would have had less than four hours to read it and reject it and get the rejection in the mail. Also, the rejection letter was dated before I even sent my query. I know it seems like I'm over-analyzing, but this strikes me as strange. I'm just curious. Do you think he read it?