Below, I criticized Miss Snark for posting private correspondence. As someone pointed out, she does appear to have gotten permission from the author before posting. Here is Miss Snark's explanation from her blog:
This person wrote me this exact email. I emailed her back and said "You know all these emails go up on the blog, right?". And she ANSWERED, and said "yes, if you can't help me maybe someone else can".
I redacted her address and phone number and email. She didn't even have sense enough to say post this without that. Sometimes the ice cold bucket of disdain is the only thing that brings someone to their senses.
The thing is, she didn't query my agency, she queried THIS BLOG. At some point, you get what you ask for and this honey, is it.No of course it's not kind. No it's not nice. Yes, it's cruel. So fucking what. This is not nursery school and you don't get a certificate for participation and a hug for remembering to flush the toilet. Bobby Knight throws chairs; I throw words. If you don't like it, go play for Notre Dame.
Ummm... okay. Technically I suppose this is acceptable, since she did get permission (although one suspects the author imagined she'd change identifying details and delete her name), but this little rant still doesn't really impress me with a feeling of professionalism and courtesy. I still hope never to find myself represented by an agent who would behave this way.