iWriterly Video: Why Literary Agents Don’t Respond to Your Query Letter

We all want a personalized response from a literary agent. But most times, after a writer sends a query letter, they receive a form rejection or no response at all. Let’s talk about why that is.

In this video, we discuss:

  • What is a literary agent?
  • What is a query letter?
  • How to submit to a literary agent
  • What submission materials are typically requested by agents
  • Possible response policies for query letters
  • The average number of query letters most agents receive
  • How much money to agents typically make? (Salaries vs. commission)
  • Emailed queries vs. query submission forms
  • Why some literary agencies have the policy of no response = a pass on a query letter
  • Why literary agents often don’t provide personalized feedback on a query letter
  • When to follow up with a literary agent after they’ve requested a partial or full manuscript