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Old 08-25-2019, 09:56 AM   #21
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Also, what I don't totally get is HOW these queries go through. Not to beat a dead horse, but I'm not exaggerating when I say 95% of queries sent to my ex went to SPAM.
I'm by no means an expert or insider on exactly what agencies, management firms, etc. are doing with their emails, but I do know first-hand how easy it is for me to set up filters for my email account for this site to keep stuff out. I have over a dozen filters for certain (spammer) keywords so I never see those e-mails on my phone OR on my computer via an email program. I'm next to positive that many of the people/companies out there have filters set for the word QUERY. Super easy to do. One can "say" send any email with a particular word(s) in the SUBJECT LINE and/or BODY TEXT to the Deleted or Junk folders.

Thus and more to the point, what I'd say to anyone trying to query is don't use the "query" anywhere. I'd be willing to bet the ones that got through to her didn't have that word in them. I don't know for a fact obviously but that was probably the case to some degree or another at wherever she worked. If they had a decent IT department they could also Whitelist tons of different e-mail domains they do receive emails from on a daily basis to be safe.

Put the TITLE of the script in the subject line. Then put the Title in the body along with the logline, maybe a very brief description and possibly some key thing about you that might help. Then ask super nicely, very respectfully and with humility (but don't beg or overdo it, of course) if they would be willing to take a look at (read or consider) your script.

Quite a few of the queries I see in my little world include GENRE and TITLE in the Subject line. (The word query is never used anywhere.)

Now they will still probably delete it. But for that small percent that have a great logline and the writing chops to back it up with a terrific script, they could get break.
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:07 AM   #22
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I'm by no means an expert or insider on exactly what agencies, management firms, etc. are doing with their emails, but I do know first-hand how easy it is for me to set up filters for my email account for this site to keep stuff out. I have over a dozen filters for certain (spammer) keywords so I never see those e-mails on my phone OR on my computer via an email program. I'm next to positive that many of the people/companies out there have filters set for the word QUERY. Super easy to do. One can "say" send any email with a particular word(s) in the SUBJECT LINE and/or BODY TEXT to the Deleted or Junk folders.

Thus and more to the point, what I'd say to anyone trying to query is don't use the "query" anywhere. I'd be willing to bet the ones that got through to her didn't have that word in them. I don't know for a fact obviously but that was probably the case to some degree or another at wherever she worked. If they had a decent IT department they could also Whitelist tons of different e-mail domains they do receive emails from on a daily basis to be safe.

Put the TITLE of the script in the subject line. Then put the Title in the body along with the logline, maybe a very brief description and possibly some key thing about you that might help. Then ask super nicely, very respectfully and with humility (but don't beg or overdo it, of course) if they would be willing to take a look at (read or consider) your script.

Quite a few of the queries I see in my little world include GENRE and TITLE in the Subject line. (The word query is never used anywhere.)

Now they will still probably delete it. But for that small percent that have a great logline and the writing chops to back it up with a terrific script, they could get break.

Ahhh... yeah. Good tip to never add the word "query." And good overall info.

And agreed, their IT departments are very savvy and definitely have buzz words that will kill your query. Now that you say that, I remember that (I talked to someone at _AA about it). The funny thing is that agents/managers don't (generally) know how any of that works. They just know they aren't seeing the queries. So, they're like "cool!" Ha!
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:46 AM   #23
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Trying to break down times when people are in meetings, or just in the mood is pretty funny.

Do not query on holidays.

Beyond that there is only one rule for when to query and that's when you have an absolutely undeniable logline. Nothing else matters.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:15 AM   #24
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Don't query if they're at a funeral. Now this is tough to know, but that's where the private detectives come in handy... also depends how close they were to the person...
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:19 AM   #25
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Yes don't use QUERY for many reasons, also because it's redundant. I think agencies may have filters up, but I've gotten queries through many many times. Maybe if you use a hotmail or aol address, they automatically block you because you're emailing from 1995. (this will upset at least 3 of you on here).

Honestly I think it's 2019, we all get emails we don't want and phone calls we don't want, but if you try to block all you'll probably miss some real stuff.

This is all to say I think 95% of the emails make it through. They are just ignoring you. Or read it (if title good and email short) and passed right away w/o emailing you to pass. Why would they?

Again don't query on every second Monday on leap years.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:27 AM   #26
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Don't query if they're at a funeral. Now this is tough to know, but that's where the private detectives come in handy... also depends how close they were to the person...
Good call.


If I decide to query a rep, I hang around outside their house and watch through their windows to make sure they're not busy when I hit 'Send'. I usually wait until they are on the can unless I can tell they're having a rough go of it.
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Old 08-25-2019, 12:11 PM   #27
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Good call.


If I decide to query a rep, I hang around outside their house and watch through their windows to make sure they're not busy when I hit 'Send'. I usually wait until they are on the can unless I can tell they're having a rough go of it.
I highly recommend this approach!
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:36 PM   #28
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Just got a "our policy is we don't take stuff w/o referral" rejection just now, so they do reject you on the weekends for sure! Sent Friday to them.
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:58 PM   #29
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Thanks everybody! Very much appreciate all the info. Did not anticipate that this thread could generate so much discussion.
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:16 PM   #30
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Just got a "our policy is we don't take stuff w/o referral" rejection just now, so they do reject you on the weekends for sure! Sent Friday to them.

Fukkers!
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