So if you don't know by now I'm in the query process... which means I check query tracker CONSTANTLY to see if someone posted a comment about the agents on my query list.
Recently I saw a comment about someone getting rejected by the agent's assistant and I thought, "really? You sound kinda pissed about that."
Then I got mad. I got pissed at whoever would be pissed that an assistant would read their query and pass on it.
I just spent the last half hour commenting on queries for the query blogfest I had to stop because I was getting bored--- not that the queries were badly written or anything but there was just SO many of them. And I had to write something about all of them. My brain was DONE after a half hour. I can't IMAGINE what it's like to do this all day, every day.
Thank God for assistants, seriously.
Agents are outrageously busy-- don't let the fact they they seem to tweet or blog a lot fool you. If your getting frustrated with the lag time between your query and your response--- GO WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.
The publishing industry has given you the gift of time. Enjoy it.
More so, don't get all snippy because you were rejected by an assistant. There's a million blogs about how many queries an agent gets and how many of them the agent signs as a client. You want an assistant to read your query. They know exactly what an agent wants.
Let's face it-- if you've done your research on an agent, it means you've read their bio on the agency web page, maybe you read an interview, if you're really an overachiever you've been following them on twitter and reading the last month of blog posts, looking for something to connect your book to the agent's wish list.
The agent wants a fresh voice- and you think, "well my character has some snappy dialogue-- that's a fresh voice."
Look an assistant spends at least 8 hours a day with the agent... it's safe to assume he or she knows the agent pretty well. FAR better than a cyber stalker does --- and let's face it we all cyber stalk a little bit.
A rejection from the assistant should have the same weight as the rejection from the agent.
And if you get rejected-- frown for a minute-- shake it off and move on. WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.
Have I been bummed at every rejection I've gotten?--- yep. a few minutes later I'm done. (Poor Holly gets the brunt of my woes is me moments but by the time I see my family I'm good again)
Have I been rejected by assistants? YEP- Did it hurt? No more so than an agent.
If you're going to be bitter about it- find a new hobby or GO WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.
More so a request for a partial or a full should also have the same weight. Do a happy dance.
Assistants are people too, they work in the same publishing industry as the agents, they drink the same chai lattes and their comments are JUST AS VALUABLE.
A few months ago I received editorial comments from an agent and her assistant... both sets of comments were AWESOME and when I resubmitted I hoped that the assistant will get to read it and see how much of her critique and comments I took when I revised.
Don't be a douche and think otherwise.
I will be getting off this soap box now.
I'm off to grade and WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.
You know why? Because I love writing and no matter how many times I get a form rejection or WHO sends its.