Hello all, the blog is happy to return with some query stats. Hope you survived the reruns! I’m digging out from quite the full inbox, so this post will be short on analysis. Just the facts.
I received a whopping 158 queries last week, which seemed a bit more average than the previous week where I kept track of queries. 158 times 52 equals 8,216, plus the five or so I receive a day in the mail, so that translates to about 10,000 queries a year. Great googly moogly.
Here’s the breakdown by genre:
Literary fiction: 19
Young Adult: 15
Historical fiction: 11
Science fiction: 10
Women’s Fiction: 7
Picture book: 7
Religion/New Age: 5
Male Ennui: 5
Middle grade: 3
Narrative nonfiction: 3
Politics/Current Events: 2
Travel memoir: 2
No freaking idea: 5
And now for some random categories:
Queries beginning with rhetorical questions: 11 (sigh)
Personalized queries: 23
Spelled my name wrong: 2 (a good week!)
Addressed to “Mr. Brown”: 1
Queries that were obviously mass-mailed to a thousand agents (often with every agent’s e-mail address included so we can all see where it was sent): 9
Angry e-mails from writers I had previously rejected: 2
And, finally, evil albinos: 0 (I’m as shocked as you are)
So how many partials did I request out of those 158? 7! Not bad, folks. Not bad at all. I’m looking forward to reading them once my inbox is normal.
See you tomorrow, same blog, new material.