Monday, January 3, 2011

Query Update

 posted by Rebecca J. Carlson

I sent my last batch of queries out about eight weeks ago, then took a break for the holidays. Thought I'd collected all the full manuscript requests I was going to get, but lo and behold, one of the agents I queried passed my query on to another agent! If someone says "very interested in reading the full manuscript" that's probably a good sign, right?

As for my querying strategy, I mentioned before that I had three categories of agents. Top sellers (while I'm dreaming), recent sellers in my genre, and personal recommendations from other writers. So how did that play out? One hundred percent of my full manuscript requests came from agents in my recent sellers category. So that means, if you want to find an agent, go look for someone who sells what you write.

I think I knew that.



  1. Hmmm...good to know. Now I have to go check my query stats!! :-)

  2. Excellent tip! And congrats of the fulls!!

  3. Hey! Congrats!! I'm so excited for you. I can't wait to stand in line for your book. :)

  4. Wow, congratulations, and thanks for the info! (I'll be right behind Leisha in line for your book.)

  5. Thanks, everyone! It was a great thing to find in my in-box this morning, especially since New Year's found me seriously discouraged by how little time I had to write last year.

    But this year? Ha ha. This year I don't have to get a house ready to rent and then move my family of seven to a little island in the middle of the Pacific. This year I'm going to WRITE!

  6. Actually, this is good to know because I've sometimes wondered if agents who've sold something like my book might be tired of the same old thing.

  7. You have an interesting point, Emily. I think agents who've sold something like my book know how to sell books like my book. But of course they don't want to sell something exactly like something else they just sold.


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