Friday, July 23, 2010

Some Query Stats

On a blog related note, I'm going to have to cut back on posting. I'll try to do at least one review a week, but everything else right now is up in the air. Blogging is pretty much the least important thing going on right now so I'll try to keep up with all of your blog, but expect things to be slower around here.

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!


Jaimie said...

I hear you on being busy. I've been commenting less, and I think the blogging might have to be cut back as well.

Magan said...

I think these will help all of us hopeful writers out and I can't wait till your an agent so then I can call you and bother you every day as *my* agent.

Kathryn said...

It's interesting to hear that some previously published authors are querying agents. I always wondered how that worked, Amanda. Wouldn't they already have agents? Or, if not, why, and would that be a red flag at all for a prospective client? (Maybe they're difficult to work with, for example?)

Jemi Fraser said...

It's so nice to hear about the query situations. It's interesting how many people don't do any research - you HAVE to know what the agent represents before you query. That stuff would drive me nuts!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Thanks for the great advice - I'll make sure I'm all learned up on how to professionally query before sending work out into the world.

Natalie said...

I can't even imagine going through all those queries. It must be daunting.

Blogging breaks are good for you. I need them every month or two so I can get my focus back on writing.

Susan Fields said...

Thanks for a very interesting post!

295K? That's impressive. I can't imagine reading something that long, let alone writing it. :)


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