# of queries responded to last week: 156
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: YA-steampunk
# of queries responded to this week: 151
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 3
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, YA-steampunk
I don’t subscribe to the “no response means no” policy. I attempt to reply to every query sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In an ideal world, the queries received include a query letter (with pitch), a short synopsis (1-5 pages) and the first five pages of the novel.
Frequently, the account also receives what is categorized as a pre-query. Example: “Are you accepting submissions?” (See above. Self evident. Also as indicated by submission guidelines.) Or inquiries like: “Do you accept [insert genre here]?” (Both cases this week are listed as areas currently of interest on our website.)
Bluntly, these are nearly always questions that could be answered by visiting our website or doing a google search. However, in the interests of improving said results, what common information does not appear that could perhaps be included in the guidelines?