If you don’t know what an email thread is and why it is imperative that you respect their integrity when corresponding with publishing professionals, well…. please pull up a chair. We need to talk.
Literary agents and other publishing professionals are very, very busy people. At any given time, a literary agent may be corresponding with several dozen clients, three times that number of editors and other in-house publishing employees, several dozen more prospective clients, lots of colleagues and acquaintances, and oh yes, managing thousands of incoming submissions.
It’s a huge ever-growing mountain of email, and staying on top of all of that correspondence is a herculean task.
Don’t make that task even more difficult with poor email etiquette.