O Great and All-Powerful Snark,
I know that agents don't reply to e-queries. How about requested e-partials? An agent responded to my e-query with a phone call and asked that I send the first 50 pages as a Word attachment.
Seven months ago.
I've heard nothing since since.
Obviously, he had no SASE for his rejection. Is it standard not to respond to a requested e-partial that doesn't "fit our list"? Do I write and ask if that's a "no," or can I assume it's a dead deal and tell other agents I have no partials out?
Well, first of all, I loathe the concept that agents don't have to respond to e-queries if that is their chosen way to get queries. I don't respond to them anymore, even with a form letter, cause trying to be pleasent didn't work ('"tree killer" was one of the kinder backatchas to me); trying to steer people in the correct direction didn't work ("yea I saw those stupid directions, and ignored them"), and it generally indicated nitwittery.
However. It is incumbent upon an agent to answer queries. "We'll get back to you if we deign to want you" is not acceptable. Not now. Not ever. Not even if you're so busy you've forgotten what it's like to want something so much you can barely contain your desire.
It's doubly rude to not respond to material that was requested. Oh hell, triple rude on the Scrabble Board of Snark.
You might want to make sure this guy actually got it. More than once I've received tetchy emails from people (edited down from flamethrowing earlier drafts I'm sure) asking about material I don't have. Stuff happens.
When you determine he did receive it, and won't respond to a polite email, you don't want to work with him anyway. Cross him off your list; he's dead to you. If an agent asks, you can say you sent a partial but have had no response in seven months. You can leave unsaid "Miss Snark called him a disgrace" but it's true.
If by some chance you are an agent or editor with a different opinion on this, I'll be glad to hear from you and post your response.
Is it ever acceptable to not respond to a requested partial?