Email CC

At Publishers Marketplace Daniel Lazar writes in her profile:

"** If you email: a) NO ATTACHMENTS; b) if you copy me and every other agent in the industry, save us the time. Reject yourself."

Now, that sounds a lot like Miss Snarkliness herself, but it conflicts directly with your statement that everyone assumes a query is being sent to the world.

Is Writer's House high-falutin enough to demand (and get) exclusive queries or am I nitwit?

Pat 'fer Yapper

You're passing through Nitwitville but you don't get to take up residence because it's clear you don't understand what Dan is referring to, what the TRUE nitwits do (a good thing).

What Dan Lazar says on (ahem) his site means do NOT send a query as a cc. Send each agent a separate email. With their name and ONLY their name in the TO box. (And Writers House asks only that you query their agents one at a time, not their agents exclusively).

We ALL laugh about the cc emails we get cause they are instant rejection. INSTANT.

You might think twice about patting down Killer Yapp. He's been reading too much noir fiction and he's liable to bite just for the sake of the story line.


Unknown said...

"Danielle" Lazar is a man!

Anonymous said...

In other words, every agent assumes you're querying elsewhere. Just don't rub their noses in it.

Liz Wolfe said...

I can't say enough good things about Dan. I queried him a while back. He replied that my writing was smooth and polished but not right for his list. Then, he suggested two other agents that I should query. THEN (before I could even follow his advice) I received an email from one of the agents telling me that Dan had sent her my query and she wanted to read the full.
What more can I say about the man?

Anonymous said...

At Publishers Marketplace Daniel Lazar writes in her profile:

Uhhh...and then there's the small little matter of Daniel being a MAN not a "her".

Brenda said...

Mr. Lazar is a great guy with a fabulous sense of humor. I loved that line when I first read it on Publishers Marketplace.

Anonymous said...

This is happening because the internet has made the process so easy. Used to be you'd compose a snail mail query, change the names and addresses, and you were good to go.
Not now. People are so lazy (that's right, it's just plain lazy)to take the time to address an e-mail to a single agent at a time.
They'd rather cc or use one of those query blaster services.
In fact, I think snail mail queries are getting to be a rare thing(like snail mail letters in general), and that in itself makes you stand out.

Anonymous said...

I've had dinner with Daniel Lazar and he was indeed dressed like a man.

He even ordered steak.

So there.

Poodle Girl

Tom said...

Aaaaargh. The utlimate nitwitiousitude--I KNOW he's a man (Daniel not Daniele) and STILL I wrote "her profile." Thank Dog for editors.

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

I liked Dan's line "Don't pack your MS in bubble wrap. It's paper, not Anthrax." Although with the vitriole writers spew from time to time on these blogs an agent might do well to request the bubble wrap!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if it's OK with Writers' House to send to another of their agents if rejected by one? I'm still a bit confused on this point.

Slap me with the clue stick!

Anonymous said...

My query was rejected by Daniel the same week I started his Gotham class. I had no idea he was the teacher. Small publishing world!

Kit Whitfield said...

The trouble with multiple CC's is that it's impossible to personalise the e-mail. The only way to address it is 'dear agent', because you can't say 'Dear Miss Snark, John Agent, John Doe, Jane Doe and Agent Smith'; that would be silly. Which will raise one of the commonest cries of the overworked agent: 'If you can't be bothered to get my ***ing name right, why the *** should I be bothered to read your work?!'

Taking the time to find out and correctly spell the name of the agent you're approaching is a) a sign that you want to deal with them on terms of mutual respect and courtesy, and b) a sign that you've done a bit of research, which lessens the chances that you're sending a piece of violent erotica to an agent that only handles children's books.

A bit of personal attention to each letter is polite, and makes you look sensible. On the other hand, a mailshot is a sign that you're lazy - which much increases the chance that you're contacting the wrong agency because you didn't research.

And as a side-note: some people are wary of attachments because of the risk of viruses. Not everyone is, but if they are, then they're not going to change their minds.

Anonymous said...


benjamin royan saari said...

Do people seriously cc loads of agents?


Anonymous said...

To anonymous 3/07/2007

Please don't shout (type in all-caps) - it's rude.

I don't know if seeing a cc back to the original sender is a big deal or not, but you could always bcc yourself (blind cc - you get a copy but they don't see it).