This is a question primarily intended for the agents and editors out there, but, of course, all opinions are welcome.
E-mail submissions have become much more prevalent, which is a good thing. Saves trees, quicker for submitters and recipients both. No down side to it.
Another trend that seems to be on the rise is that of agents and publishers who do not reply to queries. "If we like your query, you'll hear from us. If you don't hear back from us, wee..."
Since most queries are via email now, how hard is it for an agent/editor to create a few Autotext entries. Three basic ones would suffice:
1. No thanks and good luck.
2. Pass, but please keep me in mind for a future project.
3. Send a full.
Once those are created, all that has to be done is to click Reply, enter the appropriate number, hit F3 to inflate the Autotext, then click Send. Done. Everyone knows where they stand, and common, professional courtesy has been observed.
I read agent and editor blogs. I know they're busier than single parents working two jobs (accountant at tax time and air traffic controller) while taking in laundry in their spare time. Still, how long can the above take?