# of queries responded to this week: 217
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 2
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: urban fantasy (1), YA (1)
Last week I was mightily impressed with the young person (12) who sent a query that followed the guidelines. Of course, she wasn’t the only one. Here’s a few examples from this week of the kinds of things that make me appreciate everyone who takes the time to look up the guidelines and send me the material I need to evaluate things and get back to people in a timely and efficient fashion.
* Person who sent entire manuscript as an attachment. Seems like this happens every week. Needless to say, I don’t read these.
* Anyone who pre-queries. Why add an extra step?
* Sending several emails in a row about a self-published e-book including a method to access said file. Also, no actual description of the book or author information in any of these emails. Way to take yourself out of the query gene-pool.
* The how-to books. I don’t understand since I don’t represent nonfiction. Ditto memoirs. Got several this week.
I assume the people who send these things haven’t found my guidelines either on my own website or DMLA. (They are so tough to find, I know.) Questions:
(1) Are listings like these useful, or at least entertaining?
(2) Is there someway I could make my guidelines more clear?
(3) What else could I include in this series other than these lists of query casualties?