Dear Miss Snark,
I just received another rejection. Nothing novel about that (get it? novel?). This gal said no thanks, not because my writing is abysmal (a distinct possibility), but rather because she's taking a new direction with the agency, and therefore not taking on any new clients.
Well, fine. I wish her all the luck in the world selling vintage Beanie Babies or whatever it is she's gonna do. I got curious and hopped on her web site, and out there she's still open for business. Send me submissions! Here's what I represent! Blah blah blah.
This happens quite a lot actually, where an agent has a web site saying one thing, and then the letter in the SASE says something quite different. I honestly believe if agents actually ran their businesses like businesses, and updated their web sites when things change, they wouldn't get nearly as many mismatched queries. Plus it would save us wannabes some coinage on copying costs and postage.
I'm not sure there's even a question in here anywhere, so maybe I better ask one. How are you today?
Well, I'm just fine and dandy.
Now, this will come as a major shock to you I know, so please sit down and extinguish your eyebrows before reading on.
Agency websites aren't a top priority with most agents.
A spiffy website, updated hourly, is lots of fun but it doesn't actually improve the quality of the queries we get. It may reduce the number but you'd have to cut my queries in half...well, more like 75% to even start to equal the amount of time it takes to update a website. Now before you spit and snarl, and huff and puff, let's all just remember most agents aren't updating their own sites. They're paying someone, OR they are having their kid/SO/hot guy across the hall do it. Most agents are not the savvy techno geeks out there that you all are. Miss Snark among them sad to say.
I understand the frustration of the website saying one thing and the form letter another. Dog knows I get that kind of crapola myself.
We have to chalk this one up to "just the way it is" suck it up and slither on.