Friday, October 19, 2012

Query Roundup 10/19

It's 4 pm on Friday, 10/19/2012 and I've finished reading my queries.

I had 180 queries this week--a lot of fantasy in the inbox this week.

I requested 2 manuscripts

YA steampunk that sounds awesome.
Contemporary New Adult, clearly it sounds amazing.

I regretted but had to pass on 1 manuscripts.

YA fantasy. Great query and comp titles, but the writing just didn't seem there.

Now I know this seems a little light for me. I've been noticing lately that I think the quality of my queries has gone up. On one hand this is awesome. On the other it makes it a little harder for people querying me to stand out. Because the truth is I can't represent everything that I think is awesome--I can't even read everything that I think is awesome because I don't have the time.

Queries and reading requested material is barely 10% of what I do. And trust me, no one would want me for an agent if it was more than that. But that means I have to be selective with my time, and if the quality is going up it means I might have to be even more selective.

That means if you're querying, really make sure your first pages are stellar. That's what's going to make me need to read more--and probably other agents too.

6 comments:

Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks for the advice, Suzie. I needed this today. I've been looking at my beginning pages again recently because ... well, to be honest, I want to hook one of my top ten agents.




Janet Johnson said...

The stats always amaze me. 2/180. Wow! But we query to beat the odds, don't we? As always, thanks for sharing!

Erin Kane Spock said...

This helped me put things in perspective. Thanks for sharing.

anna manna said...

I really love reading your query reports. Just out of curiosity - as you receive a huge amount of queries, would the manuscript you regretfully pass receive a form rejection or a personalized one?

Mike Koch - Protect The Risen said...

I wonder what has fueled the interest to write fantasy or is that common for you to see?

Joan Y. Edwards said...

Dear Suzie,
I tagged you on my blog for having a fun, inspirational, and enlightening blog.

Here is a link to the blog post:
http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/i-was-tagged-in-a-writers-game-of-tag/

You are under no obligation to play. I hope you will. Thanks for always giving us great information about queries and publication.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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