# of queries responded to this week: 257
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: YA paranormal
oldest query in the queue: Sept 4
A few random things that struck me as ironic this week….
* Queries that request no reply unless interested because it bogs up the sender’s email– included in multiple queries for multiple works. And, of note, since many writers around the blogosphere hate/despise/otherwise denigrate “no response means no” policies.
* A terse follow-up about how it’s been 3 weeks since a query was sent but there has not been the courtesy of a reply… when the listed response time for the agent is 4 weeks.
* Queries that indicate the sender would very much like to submit a sample of their work when the query doesn’t include the first five pages as indicated in our submission guidelines. Irritated replies to same asking how a work can be evaluated without reading any of it. (It’s a fair point so it’s why I ask for the five pages.)
* Letters with no name in either the sender field or any of the text but wanting a personal reply. (So I’m stuck with Dear ihatekittens at yourISP dot com)
* Queries complaining about how mercenary and awful agents are while soliciting representation for new novel. Similarly, queries offering to pay fees or higher commission rates.
* Anything that includes the phrase: “I know you’re extremely busy, but….” or some variation on that theme.
* Not being able to go back in time to tell my younger self who had such a ridiculously limited book budget that a day would come when I would be torn about which manuscript to read and critique on the weekend and that the 700+ books in the TBR pile would have to wait.