If you’re not getting answer on your e-mail queries from agents, I might know the reason. If in doubt, you can always e-mail to check on the status of your query. However, if you don’t fix the problem first. . .
Lately there are loads of query responses not reaching the intended writer because they are being blocked by active spam filters through AOL, Hotmail or the many mail programs out there that utilize the spam protection built into them. Therefore, if you’re going to send out email queries to agents and you want an answer back, please either use an alternative email address for returns (one without a spam filter) or put the agent’s name in your address book (you can remove these later).
I would advise the latter because most agents, myself included, hit the Return button when either requesting or rejecting.
One last tip: If you query via email, ask a question via email—don’t telephone the agent. Most agents, including myself, will not call you back. Reasons are twofold: the first being that it’s unproductive and second is cost. No, we’re not cheap. Most will call a writer and spend a minute on the phone to tell him or her that they needed to fix their e-mail problem; however, those one minute phone calls usually become 30 minutes while the writer insists on not only talking about every book he/she has ever written, or attempted to write, but also refuses to hang up until he has described all future projects he intends to write. It’s just too much of a temptation to talk. Remember, agents are salespeople and we love to talk. It’s just too easy to get into a long conversation, and that costs us in both time and money.