letters from the query wars 5.3.2013

Catching up the query stats…

# of queries responded to week ending 3.15.2013: 104
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a

# of queries responded to week ending 3.22.2013: 141
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: fantasy

# of queries responded to week ending 3.29.2013: 112
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a

# of queries responded to week ending 4.5.2013: 153
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a

# of queries responded to week ending 4.12.2013: 102
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a

# of queries responded to week ending 4.19.2013: 0
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a
[Attended the London Book Fair this week and did not respond to any queries.]

# of queries responded to week ending 4.26.2013: 203
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 2
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: YA speculative fiction, YA fantasy

# of queries responded to week ending 5.3.2013: 144
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: YA speculative fiction

oldest query in the queue: April 29th (note: this only applies to those sent to the specified query email address query.jjackson@maassagency.com )

Of the last 10 queries I reviewed:

2 were in a genre I don’t represent

1 of them didn’t include the name of the author anywhere in the submission

1 was for a collaborative novel in which the querying author never mentioned the name of their co-author

1 was a re-query dated only 5 days after my response to the initial query

1 didn’t follow my guidelines despite specifically mentioning a site that clearly lists those same guidelines

3 had sample pages but no synopsis

4 followed the guidelines including a query letter, the first five pages, and a synopsis and were in a genre I represent

4 responses to “letters from the query wars 5.3.2013

  1. Reading queries sounds like a merry-go-round that never stops and in most cases lands you nowhere. As an author I can’t help wondering how an agent can really judge the quality of a novel within the limits of a submission – most books I have read only really get going after three chapters – contrived hyped up dramatic openings are more a con and a device – in many cases staged. What’s happened to the mesmerising story that pulls you in slowly and never lets you go? There must be a better way. My book Waylord is making the rounds, and I have to wonder if any agent will ever get off the treadmill long enough to give it a real chance by reading it?

    Kind regards.
    Paul Panos (Ayton Septar)

  2. The amount of query letters you receive weekly is astonishing. As a author I find the query wars encouraging. It’s nice to know I wasn’t the only one who received a very nice rejection letter this week. I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write those letters.
    Elizabeth Johnson

  3. Alexia Chantel

    I am also astounded by the sheer volume of queries you receive! I think I would begin to find it depressing. I hope you find some jewels that keep you going.

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