Hello everyone, hope you had a lovely week. The blog is freshly tanned and is aglow from its week-long vacation, in which it imbibed far more tropical drinks than a website really should be allowed. Naughty blog.
I just spent the last several hours answering the many queries that accumulated in the last week so I can hit the ground running tomorrow with a clear inbox. And, as a treat for the statistically inclined, I kept a running counter.
Over the past week I received 121 queries, which actually is probably a bit less than normal since anyone who reads the blog regularly knew I was out of the office. But if you multiply that by 52 weeks it translates to around 6,000-7,000 queries a year.
Here’s the breakdown by genre — I tried to categorize them as best they could, but as you can tell from the “no freaking idea” category, it’s not always readily apparent:
Literary fiction: 13
Young Adult: 11
Historical fiction: 10
Science fiction: 7
Male Ennui: 7
Women’s fiction: 4
Politics/Current events: 3
Narrative nonfiction: 3
Religion/New Age: 3
Middle grade: 2
Picture book: 1
No Freaking Idea: 5
Some more fun stats out of those 121:
Personalized queries: 23 (which means an astounding 98 people either didn’t so much as Google my name or neglected to mention it in the query.)
Queries beginning with a rhetorical question: 10
Spelled my name wrong: 4
Queries “narrated” by a protagonist: 2
And, of course, evil albinos: 1
As far as trends go, the young author trend shows no sign of stopping, but one interesting thing I’m noticing is that I’m starting to receive quite a few queries from Nigeria.
So, most importantly, how many of those 121 queries did I request a partial? Well, er, none actually. I swear I didn’t come back from vacation in a bad mood, I just didn’t find a good fit out of those 121.
I’ll be back on Tuesday, hopefully all caught up and back on my regular blogging schedule.