It's really weird being off the query trail. I never even thought about that before I hit this point. No one tells you that after spending months watching every agent like a starving hawk watches the field mice scurry that you won't know how to stop watching once you have an agent.
This is a post for the hungry hawks out there. For those who are counting queries, looking at averages, and trying to get a handle on the madness that is the query trenches. If numbers and publishing aren't your thing, go ahead and skip this post. I'll return to what passes for normal around here on Monday...
Number of Queries Sent: 63
Number of Page Requests: 21
Number of Full Requests: 6
Number of Revise & Resubmits: 1
First Query Sent Out: October 1st, 2012
Last Query Sent Out: May 29th, 2014
Quickest Turn Around on a Rejection: 3 days
Quickest Turn Around With Page Request: under 24 hours
Longest Wait: 200 days
Average Response Time: 44 days
Average Response to Requested Pages: 19 days
Number of Agents Queried With a "No Response Means No" Policy: 9
Months With The Slowest Response: November and December
Months With The Quickest Response: September and February
Where I Found Agents To Query: AgentQuery.com, Writer's Digest, Query Tracker, Twitter, and the dedications of books I love
Other Observations of Note:
- Approximately half of the rejections came back with a personalized note saying why the agent passed.
- Agents who requested pages with the query were less likely to ask for a partial. They either rejected off the sample pages or asked for a full.
- Most common reason for rejection off of partials and fulls was "I like this, but I don't love it enough to rep it."
- 7 of the 21 page requests came from Twitter pitch parties
- 2 of the 6 full requests came from Twitter pitch parties
- 2 full requests came from query critiques that were "send a query and get honest feedback" deals
- Only 1 agent failed to get back to me after requesting pages. I nudged the agent twice (3 months and 6 months after pages were sent in) before giving up.
- No agent wrote back to tell me my writing sucked, suggested I give up, or otherwise made fun of me. The rejections were all encouraging and helpful.
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