Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Is it appropriate to send a follow-up email?

I've just begun my search for representation and have run into a few questions. Many internet sources indicate most agents won't respond to email queries if uninterested. If that's the case, I would prefer to continue my search rather than wait for responses that will never come. With that in mind:

1) Is it appropriate to send a follow-up email?
It depends on if the agent says they respond to email queries. If they do and you haven't heard back then it's ok to follow up.

2) If so, how long should I wait before sending the follow-up email? Would 3 weeks be too soon?

I suggest four to eight weeks, depending on how long that agent says they take to respond to queries (check their website for more information).

3) In the follow-up, is it appropriate to mention that this will be my final unsolicited email?

No. Just follow up.


Aimless Writer said...

Good post.
In the beginning I waited anxiously for every agent response (requests and rejections) but finally I decided that I would just send it out and if something came back-- beautiful. If not, I just keep working to move forward. However, every request for full or partials I've received came back fairly quick from the agent/editor so I can't complain.
I think one of the issue writers face is that we don't want to get on your bad side. We're afraid of doing the wrong thing. Send an email, don't send one, is it too soon? What if I wait too long?
We live in fear.

Adaora A. said...

Great post.

It's nice to hear what your guidelines are. It is kind of like being stuck between a rock and a hard place sometimes.