# of queries responded to last week: 153
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 2
genres of partials/manuscripts requested: contemporary fantasy, YA urban fantasy
# of queries responded to this week: 129
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a
oldest query currently in the queue: December 14th
Sometimes it can feel like things pick up speed of their own accord. All around there are others who seem like they’re a step ahead. It’s tempting to rush to keep up.
In the last couple of weeks there has been a noticeable increase in what one might call premature submissions. Unfinished manuscripts. Fragmented emails that aren’t really recognizable as query letters and communicate little or nothing at all about the book or author. An upswing in one sentence emails with entire manuscripts attached.
Shortcuts may seem attractive. But following guidelines and sending what’s requested is still the best way to get serious consideration.