Twitter Q: If a query is rejected, are follow up questions such as "Do you know of agents who would be interested?" appropriate?The short answer: Nope.
But blogs are for long answers, aren't they? And this actually reminds me of a couple of trends that are threatening to drive me batty.*
Prequeries: "This is my project. May I query you, and if so, what should I do?"
right there, on the website, big as life. If we didn't want to get your queries, why would we bother having submission guidelines? How did you get the email address to send this to if you didn't LOOK at the submission guidelines or website? What did you think that they meant? AHHH!
OK, taking a deep breath. The point I am making is, DON'T PRE-QUERY. If you want to query, just follow the directions and do it already. The worst that can happen is, we say No. So what? You never heard the word No before? Toughen up, buttercup.
Followup #1 - The Fawner: "Thank you so much for your rejection, it means so much to me that you even took the time to look at my poor little query, I am as a worm unto you O Great One"
A weirdly fawning thank you to a form rejection, though, is never called for. It isn't going to make me remember you as That Nice Polite Guy, it is going to make me remember you as a bit of an oddball, at best.
Hey, whoa there, fella! No need for the attitude. I know that the original asker of the question would never be so rude about it, but followup requests for referrals, whether posed nicely like the original asker, or rudely like Mr. Grumble, boil down to the same thing.
* If I loved your submission, I'd want your submission. I don't.
* If I hated your submission, I am not going to give you a list of my friends to inflict it on.
* If (much more likely) I felt lukewarm or 'meh' or 'just ok' or 'fine' about your submission, I've already stopped thinking about it and have moved on with my life now. I don't want to do research for you, I don't want to re-read it and scour my brain about who I know might like it, that is not my job. Again, the loop is closed. You asked, I answered, the end.
Hand to G-d, if your book is not for me but I know of an agent off the top of my head who I KNOW would love it, I will definitely definitely tell you, and even offer to pass it on myself or say you can use me as a reference. I promise. I have no reason to keep this information from you. I want you all to succeed. Really!
* Though items similar to these appear in my inbox many times every day, these examples are fabricated by me and not quotes from actual authors.