Why Agents Are Sometimes Snarky
Last Wednesday I received an email containing three brief sentences saying that the writer was inquiring about my services, wanted help, and would not tell me anything else until I responded.
I set the email aside thinking that later when I had time, I’d respond with a link to my blog and website, and some standard information about how to query.
Three days later on Saturday, I received another email from the same writer, with the words “no response” in the subject line. The email reprimanded me for failing to acknowledge the first email, declared that I was a fraud and a liar, and that the writer would spread the word about me in “literary circles,” as well as amongst the writer’s friends and organizations and on blogs.
Emails from disgruntled writers aren’t unusual. So please forgive agents if we appear a bit frustrated at times, on our blogs or Twitter. We know we’re supposed to brush it off, but sometimes it’s hard.
© 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent