For those of you keeping track, today's mail brought a literary agent's response to a query I mailed back on April 14.
The "no thanks" response was VERY polite and almost complimentary in a vague sort of way. The agency took pains to ensure that it didn't look like a form letter. And the scrawled signature looked real, signed with a real ball point pen.
So what's my beef? My query was sent on April 14 of 2006! The new record for a slow response now stands at: one year, one month, and 8 days!
Oh, and the post office even delivered it with the old 39 cent stamp I had put on my SASE.
Gee. To get a rejection back after well over a year is bad enough -- I'm glad it didn't come with postage due. Talk about adding insult to injury!
(COMING SOON: Interview with a squirrel)