In a perfect world, professional feedback would be a given. We would know exactly why our queries are rejected, how come we didn’t get the job or weren’t asked on a second date. And that feedback would always be useful and help us grow and improve
But we don’t live in an ideal world. Even if we are given feedback, it isn’t always helpful and doesn’t always help us grow. There’s nothing I can do if you thought I was too tall. Or if the other candidate went to the same college you did.
There’s also nothing you can do if I just am not that interested in the book you wrote. Even if the query was amazing.
We recently did a YouTube video on this very topic and not surprisingly, not everyone was happy with our response (albeit I do wonder how many commenters even bothered to watch the video).
While BookEnds does have a policy of responding to all queries, we can’t promise feedback. I do have a few different forms. You will be alerted if your word count is too far off or if the query itself needs help (although I don’t give revision suggestions). I will also tell someone if it’s a genre I don’t represent and point them toward other agents at BookEnds who might.
Query advice opportunities are plentiful. Paid services are available, but so are critique groups. I recommend you work on that query as much as you work on that manuscript. But understand, an agent’s job isn’t to provide free editorial advice to writers. It’s to represent writers and manage their careers.