Sunday, June 20, 2010

For Your Information

My boss requested I make the following post:

If you send a query, don't send the same (or similar) one three months later. We will totally know you did it and just reject you again. My boss is sick of them.

Thank you.

16 comments:

Gilbert J. Avila said...

Okay--who's your boss? (Which is a sneaky way of finding out who you work for. ;-D)

The Rejecter said...

She's the one who rejected you all three times.

Zing!

lexcade said...

ouuuuuuuuch...

Bernard S. Jansen said...

I sense you're trying to distance yourself from the content of this post...

Stuart said...

But you reverse the polarity of the dilythium query, it should theoretically reverse the outcome.

Or something. It's Monday. Only one cup coffee. :)

I guess I shouldn't be suprised people re-query with the same query, but wow.

Anonymous said...

We get the same (bad) screenplay queries all the time. Very annoying.

Suze said...

Grrrr - I expect they think: "Oh they couldn't have been in their right mind when they rejected me - I'll send it again to give them another shot." Grrrr

Anonymous said...

Isn't this one of the definitions of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome, that is.

The Rejecter said...

We once got a guy who sent in a query in an envelope and a different, larger envelope with a query and an unrequested partial. And they ARRIVED on the same day he sent his query in email form - twice.

Gilbert J. Avila said...

Oh, like THAT narrows the field...

I guess I'll just have to pass through the quantum mirror and try to find a less unappreciative universe...again.

Trading Plan Template said...

LOL! What about five months then? :D

Anonymous said...

What if you rejected for no other reason than a too-low 50k word count?(though I-oops-the author-doesn't know for sure it was this, God forbid an agent give feedback) would a revised 70k get the auto-dump as well?

Erin Kane Spock said...

When I get the form letter rejection, I never know if my actual query has been rejected or if the agency is just not accepting new clients at that time.

Also, I keep working at my query with the hopes of stumbling on the right recipe.

Again, with the form letter, I don't know if the query is bad or my premise is bad. If my query was bad, it makes sense to make it better and try again.

But then it might come across as stalking (or worse - spam!). And then I've ruined my chances...

Bernard S. Jansen said...

@Erin. If you read the entire Query Shark blog, you'll know all you need to about what makes a query good, or bad.

I hope The Rejecter doesn't mind me pointing to other blogs...

Erin Kane Spock said...

Thank you, Bernard. That is a great resource.

Faye Davies said...

Hmm. Query Shark is very useful and has taught me some tough lessons. But I've read agents who disagree with her and find her approach (no initial niceties or bio etc.) too aggressive. I would suggest leaving 10% of the query to your own judgement. And the research you do on the individual agent, of course.

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