Stuff I Hope Someone Else Knows Something About: Unopened Query Letters

by Cooper Young

Busy today, mostly because  after a year of looking I finally have a job. It took some nepotism to get, but I have it. Anyway, shortish post.

About three weeks ago, I queried an agent. His website asked for either an email under 250 words, or a longer mail query with a synopsis. As I tend to lack the capacity to shut up, I sent the latter. It came back today, unopened, labeled “Not Deliverable as Addressed”. The address is identical to what is listed on the website; believe me, I’ve spent the last 15 minutes reading both over and over, looking for a discrepancy.

My research, both online and in the 2012 Writer’s Market, suggests that there is absolutely nothing about this fellow, his agency, or his clients which is not perfectly aboveboard. I have no concerns on that front. My question is this: Fellow writers, if you were in this position, would you try him again via email, or move on? I have another query to send Monday, so I have to rework the letter anyway.

Has anyone else had this happen? What would you do?