letters from the query wars 2.17.2012

# of queries responded to week ending 2/3/2012: 127
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 3
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: mainstream (1), suspense (1), contemporary fantasy (1)

# of queries responded to week ending 2/10/2012: 126
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a

# of queries responded to this week: 158
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a

Sometimes when I send a response to a query declining to read more, I get a reply asking for more details or for help improving the query or something along those lines or a plea to “just give it a chance.”

My regular policy is not to respond to these. It’s simply due to the volume of queries received. I haven’t been keeping track of what the other agents at DMLA are receiving but I’ve already had over 1000 submissions this year. Even if agents wanted to read all the manuscripts and send personal replies to everything they simply wouldn’t be able to. By necessity, this approach has to extend to engaging in continued correspondence, especially if anything other than queries is to get attention.

But this month, there are exceptions. Earlier this month, I started participating in The Month of Letters Challenge by offering to accept queries via post and randomly responding to at least one per business day with a personal reply and at least some feedback on either the query, the novel concept, or the pages. To participate they MUST follow my guidelines. Read the details here.

2 responses to “letters from the query wars 2.17.2012

  1. I’ve already had over 1000 submissions this year

    That. Is. *Insane*. INSANE. OMG.

  2. Holy cow. That is crazy. I wish mine had been ready to send it in Feb. 🙂

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