Friday, December 24, 2010

The Truth About My Time, Part I: Queries & Requested Material

In 2010, I was open to queries from January 1st to November 15th.

Here's what my stats look like:

Queries

Queries Received: 5530

Rejected: 4803

Requested: 727

          Partials: 152 (and then at some point I realized requesting partials didn't work for me and I should just request the whole thing)

          Fulls: 575


Manuscripts


I Still Have: 6


Read 100+ Pages: 425

Read to the End: 312

Sent an Editorial Letter: 62

Invited to Resubmit: 15

          Of those, I offered on: 2

Offered (including those 2): 16

New Clients: 10

7 comments:

taratyler said...

How does that compare to years past? Are you getting less books through to publishing because of ebooks? Or do you do both now?
Thanks!

Josin L. McQuein said...

Sounds like you had a great year. Finding 16 offer-worthy MS in your in-box has to be higher than average (which sounds really sad when put up against the 5530 total).

suzie townsend said...

tara, this was my first full year as an agent so I don't have much to compare it to. But ebooks have affected me most in terms of rights/contracts and licensing the rights of older books from writers' backlists.

Josin, definitely! I had a great year :)

Michelle said...

Oh my god - those numbers are huge and also AMAZING. I wonder how many words it all added up to?!

Happy holidays, and here's to another awesome year. :)

cathellisen said...

wow seeing those numbers is a real eye opener.

And you read 312 manuscripts on top of your regular reading (and i bet that doesn't count the number of rereads you do on client 'scripts).

Do you ever sleep?

(word verification was spotato - i had to laugh)

Lynn(e) said...
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readingkidsbooks said...

I feel even luckier to have been one of those 10 after reading these stats, but kind of glad I didn't see them before.

Suzie, I think you may want to add speed reading to your bio. How do you do it!

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1. I drink so much orange soda, it's probably running through my veins. I've been known to go through a twelve pack of diet sunkist in a day.

2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

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4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?