Note: I am no longer a literary agent. This is a blast from the past.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I was away from the computer from Thursday afternoon until this morning — during this absence I received 81 queries…. and here are the stats:
Young Adult: 9
Literary fiction: 7
Historical fiction: 3
Religion/New Age: 3
Picture book: 3
Science fiction: 2
Women’s Fiction: 3
Male Ennui: 2
Politics/Current Events: 1
Short stories collections: 1
No freaking idea: 3
GOOD NEWS: I have to say, this was a particularly professional batch of queries — very few glaring errors (such as telling me how much your relatives enjoyed your work (1) or mentioning how the public is craving your story because HARRY POTTER is finished (1) or sending me a query with read-receipt turned on (2) or including me on a mass e-mail with every agent you could find on the Internet (1) or addressing your query “Dear Literary Agent” or “Sir/Madam” (4) or mentioning that there is an SASE included in the electronic query (1) )
BAD NEWS: Queries beginning with rhetorical questions: 4
(Clearly the war is not over.)
GOOD NEWS: Personalized queries: 28
This is extremely good news! Yes, 28 personalized queries means that only 35% of the queriers personalized their query, which is still rather astonishing given how much it increases a writer’s odds, but when you consider that in Query Stats past only 19%, 14% and 19% also were personalized, this marks a substantial improvement. Give yourselves a round of applause, query writers!
And of these 81 queries I requested 4 partials.
Thanks to everyone who submitted to me — I like queries, and it’s always encouraging to read a good group of them.
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