OK: I'm pretty sure that I know what to do here. But I'll ask anyway.
I got an email today from an acquisitions editor at an academic press expressing interest in the book I'm "working" on (not having worked on it in about 3 weeks). It's pretty clear from the email that this person came across my profile on Field College's website, where I briefly describe my work in progress, and is emailing me based on that.
This is not--I don't think--a disreputable publisher; I've often used books that they've published in my research. It's not one of my top choices, but it's fine. (I think. There's some press out there that consistently publishes horribly edited books, and this might be it--I'm not sure; I kind of think it's a different one, but I can't remember, and don't have anything around to check.)
But. This strikes me as weird. I assume that the acq. ed. is just trolling academic websites and emailing everyone with a topic that remotely fits their lists, and that therefore being published by these guys (just let me get ahead of myself for a moment) wouldn't be the best way of placing my manuscript. So my question is the following: Is this something that's "done"? Is there any reason at all to reply? I assume that the answer is No, but I might just be overly cynical and/or timid. Thoughts?