When a literary agent updates their page at Publishers Marketplace, I'm sure they're looking for fresh meat. Why else would they put their name at the top of the list, if not to attract the unpublished?
With that in mind, I caught sight of Kathryn Green's listing. Her interests match up with one of my manuscripts, so why not give it a go? Click send, and the query was away. Within hours, she clicked reply and the rejection was in my inbox.
But what about the other manuscript I've started to re-query after a long absence? Will a new perspective help move it along? The beginning's been re-written, even more literary than before, so who's out there?
I cut and pasted the query into shape, following the submission guidelines, avoiding any and all attachments. Away goes the letter to Tracy Brown, whose only fiction interests are literary. A few hours later, and it's a no.
So, is it a quick response because the agents are on top of their incoming mail? Or is it a quick rejection because it's summer coming in and no one wants to deal with a heavy workload when Fridays are half days and the beach is beckoning.