Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

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Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

Postby kans_007 » 12 Nov 2010, 11:39

When you get personal replies from some agents saying, they found it interesting but are going to pass; Is it okay to reply saying something like :

"Thank you for your reply and kind comments
-best wishes
XYZ"

just to thank them for the human reply. Or do they find it unnecessary and distracting?

thanks for all answers in advance!
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Re: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

Postby notw » 12 Nov 2010, 12:48

From everything I have read you shouldn't reply to a rejection whether it is personalized or form.
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Re: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

Postby Guardian » 12 Nov 2010, 14:12

You may to respond it, but it's really unnecessary. It's used to bother most of the agents. Only very few like it. But you never going to learn which one.
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Re: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

Postby Fenris » 13 Nov 2010, 17:00

Well, look at it from their standpoint. They know you received the rejection, and they assume you understand it's not personal. If you reply to confirm this, it's most likely telling them what they already know and adding to the deluge of other emails waiting in their inbox. Replies such as these are courteous niceties, but sometimes there's simply no time for such things in the business world. It seems slightly cruel to us outsiders, but in an agent's shoes I think I would quickly tire of an inbox full of "Thanks anyways" in addition to all the queries.
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Re: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

Postby kans_007 » 13 Nov 2010, 22:45

Notw, Guardian and Fenris: Those are some good points. Looks like the best thing to do is to not reply.

Thank you,
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Re: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

Postby wilderness » 22 Nov 2010, 14:10

Any different opinions if the rejection is in response to a partial or full?
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Re: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

Postby Fenris » 22 Nov 2010, 14:18

That's a good question, wilderness. I think if they've actually invested time in your project, it may be wise to respond to the rejection with some form of "thanks anyway." If they've taken time to work with you past the initial query, I think in that case a "thank you" is definitely a good idea.
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