Friday, April 30, 2010


I’ve only been online for a little over a year now. So I missed out on the epic events of #queryfail and its response #agentfail. I have read all of the posts and responses and I have agreements and disagreements with both sides. I noticed on the #agentfail comments, several people wanted to do an #agentawesome session for the agents that are professional and courteous to writers. I think that’s a great idea. Let’s focus more on the positive, people!

I love it when agents…

Thank the writer for thinking of them in their correspondence whether it’s a request OR a rejection. Agents need writers and it’s good to know when we are appreciated.

Acknowledge receipt of requested materials. It is a big load off our shoulders to know that our work didn’t get lost. This whole process is stressful enough as it is.

Give an estimated time for a response to materials and respond courteously to inquiries when that time has lapsed. We know you are busy, but we really appreciate knowing where we stand.

Blog or twitter. Some writers complained about this and I heartily disagree with them. Besides the wonderful fount of useful information about writing and the industry, I like getting to know them as human beings. It gives me a better idea on who’s a good fit.

Give details on their website/blog/twitter about what they represent and their tastes. Though it’s sad to see “If I see another vampire book I’ll scream” it is nice to know so I don’t waste time. I also love when they list some favorite authors.

Have an auto-reply with an estimated time if they are non responders. I think authors hate the “no response means no” policy more because they have no way of knowing if the agent received their query.

These next three go above and beyond in my opinion.

Do the #askagent sessions on twitter. Every agent who participates should get daily cookies and massages. You are awesome incarnate when you give up your personal time to help us.

Give us a reason why you passed on our project. Even one sentence can help me figure out if improvements are needed.

Recommend our work to other agents when they pass. I want to hug you and bake you cookies.

Thank you so much, awesome agents. You have my undying gratitude and respect for all the hard work you do on our behalf.


  1. Aw, that was full o warm fuzzies. I love it. I agree! *tosses cookies to agents* *realizes that sounds like throwing up. Yuck* *realizes that she just wrote throwing up. Double yuck* Is it 5:00pm yet? LOL

    Great post ;o)

  2. LMAO! If an agent actually reads this, I'm sure he or she will be amused by that comment.

  3. Yay you for send out the warmzy fuzzies

  4. Yay. I'm all for warm, responsive people in publishing--even if the end result is rejection. The graciousness and open communication buffers the blow.