I've been through the query ringer before. Now, as I dive back through, and conduct my research yet again, I find a good deal of agents these days subscribing to the non-response method of rejection. While I can fully appreciate the amount of work these folks do, and reading hundreds of queries per week, in addition to any manuscripts they have, plus editing, and actually selling these projects, certainly counts as busy work, I can't for the life of me understand this non-repsonse.
How hard can it be to set up an automatic I DON'T LIKE IT email. Heck, just have your interns do it. I've been scouring the threads on Absolute Write and by gum, some folks are complaining they even get no response to fulls and partials. Seriously, what gives? You mean to say you're going to take the time to read something that you requested knowing full well that author is biting their nails just waiting to know what you think, and then...nothing.
But we, the querying writers, are expected to maintain professionalism at all costs.
Now, this may seem like an angry rant, and I suppose it is, but it's something of a two way street. When I see that no response is a no, I lean toward no query. Of course, leaning is still going, it only results in a more crooked path. In other words, I still query, because I still want that agent, and lets face it, if we think we're good enough to query, we certainly don't expect rejection.
Except that we do. And that part really sucks. In the land of the query, a ten percent request rate is pretty good. Without trying too hard, I can't think of too many other circumstances where abysmal failure is considered success. But I suppose that's something to write about.