I've been doing a little more research in the Writer's Market community and came across a couple websites called "Manuscript Wish List" in varying forms, and after skimming through them I somehow reached a page displaying all of this random agent's tweets. I've been reading it for about fifteen minutes just out of curiosity and all she does is complain. Which I get: all you do is read queries all day, day in and day out, and not every writer can be like me, but come on. So now I'm a little revved up because I've been thinking a thing or two about agents lately as well that I've been wanting to get off my chest.
First and foremost: No one is going to address you by name. Unless your website is easy to maneuver. And your name is included in your email. No one is going to read through your agency's website and do every little thing you say. Taking the time to do that for every query would take way too long. And for what? A rejection? We get denied way too much for you to be worth anymore than an acknowledgement that you're an agent and you have the amazing opportunity to read our queries. So suck it up when you're not addressed as your name. We don't care who you are. We just know you have the ability to get us into the right hands. You receive too many queries to respond to us all individually: we receive too many rejections to give a hoot who you are.
Two: "Doesn't accept unsolicited manuscripts." What?
Wait, so as an agent...you don't accept a manuscript...that is unagented?
How does that--so, I need an agent to get an agent?