# of queries read this week : 105
# of partials requested : 2
genres of partials requested : romance (2)
I didn’t get any people who queried me because of my physical appearance (see Nathan’s stats. But I did have someone mention that they admired my musical taste, apparently the day I listed a Sarah Slean song from my playlist as “current music.”
Dear Authors that I am Seeking to Represent:
Around the internets, I’ve seen comments mentioning that agents discussing the number of queries they receive is somehow unprofessional, particularly when said agent seems to be in a somewhat disheartened mood concerning same. After all, don’t agents request to be approached via queries? Well, yes. But, it can be a bit daunting at times. It’s no reflection on the individual writers. But, now that many of them come by email, it can seem an overwhelming task as you read 10 but in the course of queuing up replies several more arrive. I don’t even put it on my task list anymore because I know I will never cross it off. Does that mean I don’t want queries? Heck, no. I’m actively seeking new projects. But can it mean that once in a while I wish my desk was clear for just a few minutes? Well, yeah. Have to admit it.
The other thing that can get you down is the percentage of queries that are from people who have clearly made no effort to ascertain whether the agent is appropriate for their work. Are they just lazy? Perhaps. I find this particularly perplexing when the person is emailing me at maassagency.com but obviously hasn’t bothered to go to the website they are using right in the email address. I’d rather get queries that are tailored to me and my interests and I think I do my best to make those available. I have an entry on agentquery.com. My bio is on our agency website. I have maintained this blog for years and talk about what I represent. And, yet, there are a large number of queries per week that are for types of books I clearly do not handle (non-fiction of the self-help variety, children’s picture book, poetry — among others, just this week). So, that can get you a little down, no matter how excited you know you will be when you find the next book for you.
Still, even if our current system may be an imperfect one, it evolved to attempt to save everyone time, money, and effort in making a match, so authors must continue to query, and agents must continue to read queries. In a world where everyone got what they wanted, each query an agent received would be exactly what they were looking for and all queries sent out would result in multiple offers of representation for authors. And if wishes were horses….
An Agent In Search of their Next Client