letters from the query wars – 2 weeks

week ending 28 November:
# of queries read: 66
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0

week ending today:
# of queries read: 136
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0

Dear Authors:

In comments this week, both on this blog and elsewhere, writers have posted – in response to the news that publishers are restructuring and having layoffs, etc. – and wondered whether it would be better to hold off until the economy improves before submitting new work. They wonder whether agents will be more reluctant to take on new clients. Or whether publishers will cut back on acquisitions. And so on and so on.

I will tell you these things: I have not turned down any queries based on the economy (it’s been for all my usual reasons), and neither do I plan to. The economy stinks. It will probably take a while for it not to. Most businesses – and households, for that matter – are going to tighten their belts in response. I am still doing my job (which I will essentially define here as – (1) getting books sold for clients*, and (2) looking for new talent so they can become part of the aforementioned (1)). If writing is neither your career nor your calling, by all means spend your time and energy on something that will put bread on the table. But if it is, don’t slack off now — just because the competition may prove somewhat fiercer. It’s possible it might take longer to sell something, or mean submitting it more places to get an offer, but I’m not going to be stopping. It’s what I do.

*I sold a book today!

15 responses to “letters from the query wars – 2 weeks

  1. Congratulations
    Congratulations on selling a book! Great for you and the author!
    Laura Kamoie

  2. Congrats on the sale!

  3. Yay on selling a book!

  4. So, in essence, ain’t nothing gonna break your stride? Ain’t nothing gonna slow you down? Oh, no? You got to keep on movin’?

  5. “…but I’m not going to be stopping. It’s what I do.”
    Amen :). And whoot on the sale!!

  6. A writer trying to time his submission by the economy is just as foolish as a writer trying to time his submission by the latest fad. What you are selling today isn’t likely to see print for another year – at which time the whole economical situation may have changed and the fad-of-the-week will have changed.
    Writers write. Agents sell. Publishers make us wait a while, is all.

  7. I sold a book today!
    Very nice! I just wish it wouldn’t take so long for it to be available.

  8. It’s great to see such a positive attitude – especially as everyone else is so down.
    Congratulations on the sale.

  9. MORE good news! I love it! Congrats on the book sale.

  10. Congrats on that sale!

  11. Love that wee small footnote. Congratulations to you and Sharon!
    There’s a difference between books (in whatever form — I mean “published objects”) and writing. As with any product, the market for books is likely to rise and fall in response to the economy (as well as other large-scale influences, like technology and literacy). What helps me not to freak out about market spins and spirals and flat-out nosedives is to think of myself as a writer — someone who produces writing — and not as someone who produces books.

  12. Congrats on the sale! Keep fighting!

  13. Thanks for some positive news. I’m also going to keep going regardless of all the negative stuff out there!
    Congrats on the book sale!

  14. Congrats on your sale! 🙂

  15. This is encouraging… and congratulations!

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