- Nov 13, 2017
How do you phrase your nudge letter to an agent you haven't heard from in a while?
This is what I'm thinking. The agent said in an email 'by the end of April', so I'll wait to the end of May, then give a nudge.I can understand that, although I do think (perhaps pig-headedly) that if an agent indicates they respond to queries in, say, eight weeks and you've waited twelve, it's only human to nudge. After all, once an agent is bagged, they become, effectively, an employee of the author. You wouldn't want to employ someone who doesn't keep their word, would you?
and now this received tonight (Sunday):Fingers crossed for you Rachel. It is a busy time - Bologna & LBF are a big distraction from the slush pile. It's very frustrating for an author who just wants the agency to open their submission and take a quick look. However, as there are a lot of other writers in the same boat, let's hope they didn't take Rich's advice and wrote stinker follow-up letters, demanding to know what the hell is going on - it might clear them out of the way. Politeness is always the best policy.
In the meantime, send it elsewhere. I do believe it's a game of casting your net as wide as possible...
...and writing something good!