It seems like I have to make this post every six months or so, but let us try again.
I have an assistant.
Her name is Jodi Meadows.
She works very, very hard, reading my slush pile, and allowing me to do things that make actual money--such as marketing film rights, talking to foreign agents around half the world, and working on selling books to US publishers. Without her help, my response times to slush would be vastly increased. I am only one person.
Hiring Jodi is the smartest thing I ever did as an agent.
So it distresses me when people think that she is somehow not good at her job. In particular, in this post, there are a handful of comments from people saying that she's rejected their query, but if *I* had read their query, I would have asked for their novel.
That's not true.
If Jodi rejects your query or your partial, she's rejecting it for me. She knows my tastes incredibly well. We talk every day. We discuss slush, almost every day. We confer on things together. She is an extension of my brain, when it comes to slush-reading.
So if she's rejected your query or your manuscript, then it is the exact same thing as if I rejected it. Do not second-guess her judgment, because in essence, you are second-guessing my judgment.
And frankly, I don't have the time to deal with the endless queries I receive for things that I don't even represent. The screenplay queries; the queries for picture books; the queries for the best non-fiction that's about a subject I couldn't care less about. We get queries for all of that material, along with the material that I do actually represent. We've had almost 100 queries this week already, if not more. I'll get the current count tomorrow morning, when Jodi wakes up.
Please respect my assistant's judgment, because she is very good at her job, and she helps me be good at mine.
And all of you who are assistants out there, in any field? You have my undying respect and gratitude. You deserve a round of applause. =)