I know. My standard query rejection letters are just as ambiguous and unhelpful as every other agent’s (except that if you personalize your letter to me I’ll personalize mine back). I know you’re left hanging, that you’d like some leads, some more info… anything more than what I’m able to give you.
But I’m sorry — my response is my response. That’s it. I get 6,000-7,000 queries a year. I can’t provide tips or referrals or answer further questions to even a small portion of these, or else I’d do nothing but answer queries and query questions. I have to delete follow-up questions so I can move on with my day. I mean, I can’t even respond to say I’m not responding, simply because that alone would be such a huge time suck. So I just delete them.
Here are the appropriate responses to a rejection:
1) a brief thank you
2) an offer to use the query for a blog critique
3) if I responded to your partial or full, I’m a bit more open-minded about clarifying points that I made in my rejection if they’re unclear. But please don’t abuse this one.
4) an offer to pay me $3,000,000 USD if I would kindly lovely provide my bank account information for the prodigious transfer of secret funds (by the way, Rose, your top secret gold oil discovery cash money hasn’t arrived yet and I gave you all of the bank information you need — contact me asap!)
If you want to ask me a question about publishing or if you want a tip or anything else, please please please first google my name and the topic. At this point it’s a good bet that I’ve already blogged about it at some point. If you don’t find the answer, please either offer it as a potential blog topic, via e-mail, or ask through the comments sections. I can’t get to all of these questions, but if I can answer it in such a way that more people will see the question and answer I’ll be much much more inclined to respond.
Thanks for understanding — this is what the blog is for, and while I don’t like deleting people’s e-mails when they are asking a good-natured question, I just have to do it. At least until Rose’s oil gold cash money arrives in my bank account.