Friday, July 23, 2010
When I first started with AA, I requested a lot more than I did today. Why? Because I was paying more attention to the concept and a person's credentials than I was the writing. I was willing to over look typos and an awkward sentence or three if the idea was intriguing. I was even willing to request a partial for something with an unusually high word count, though when it comes to queries unusually high isn't really saying much. (I had a 295k query today. No joke.) I have learned my lesson, and will more than likely keep learning as I go.
So, since I'm incredibly late today and you guys seemed to like hearing about queries, I'll share a few stats.
Days worth of submissions: 3
# of queries received: 101
# that weren't actually queries: 5 (I think)
# of queries I wanted to request partials for: 2
*Note - Both books have publisher interest. This isn't what made me want to see more, but it certainly helped.
Total number of queries I sent Awesome Agent to look at: 6
*For the other 4 not previously mentioned:
1 - Author is published and already has an agent but needs another because current agent does not rep genre/age group of their newest book.
1 - Author has a friend at Scholastic who suggested the author query AA.
2 - Authors have multiple books published already; one had a lot more than the other as well.
I'm not even going to go into how many were for genres AA doesn't even rep, but for the record there were quite a few.
So there you have it. Oh, and by the way, I read all of those today in about 2 hours, but I also had to stop and write a little bit about each requested query in an email for Awesome Agent. And my mom kept talking to me while I was reading so that didn't speed things along. My point being I spent about 1 min/query, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Your goal as a writer is to engage me as a reader and make me want to read your query and then ask for more. So to help with that, I'll be working on a list of things not to do in queries to go along with yesterday's post on what you should do. It may be a bit before I get it up since I've got a few partials and a full to read this weekend along with a published book and some editing I'd like to do on my own book.
Have a good weekend!