There’s been a lot lately about the “no response means no” policy that some agents have. Not having yet queried anyone my opinion is only academic. But I don’t think it will matter. Everyone is going to want my fictional novel. All the agents will be calling within hours of getting my query asking for the full or offering representation from my sample pages.
This may sound like bragging but I’m just being realistic. This book will knock their socks off. Everyone will want one and whichever agent I choose after I get all the offers will make millions. It won’t even matter that I can’t spell or understand grammar. And forget about promotions, but my book won’t need anyone to promote it. People will see it and just know how good it is. And once they’ve read it they’ll buy another copy and tell all their friends. So you’ll forgive me if I don’t really care what their “no” policy is because it just won’t apply to me.
OK, that was fun to write. Hopefully nobody thought I was serious. In reality I think as long as their policy is clearly spelled out on the website I’ll live with whatever it is. Personally I like closure. I’m the kind of person that keeps deluding themselves. Maybe it got lost in cyberspace. Maybe the mailman delivered it to the wrong house. Maybe... maybe…maybe. I need something definitive with no more maybes. But if I know that there will not be a response (unless they call to offer representation and who wouldn't really?) I’ll be able to deal with it. As long as I know beforehand.
I found three blogs this week that talked about this subject in general but about author/agent relationships in specific. One is by an agent and two are by writers. Go here, here and here to read them.The think I like about them is that they are all down to earth. And while we may all want to believe that everyone will love our book and no one will be able to say no it's just not going to happen. Rejection is part of writing. And really, how many of you who work or have ever worked liked every rule your company had? No? I didn't think so. No matter what industry, no matter where, there are going to be policies you don't like.
When I find my agent I want a partnership. I want someone who will give me their best, just as I will give them mine. So in the long run, their response policy just isn’t going to make or break the deal.