Do I sound depressed? No? Give it time.
Usual preface: there were three or four queries over the weekend from regular blog readers that followed the rules, wrote good personalized queries, and were perfectly fine and just weren’t quite for me. Keep on trucking, I’m sure you’ll find the right agent.
Wow. Let me elaborate: WOW
Here come the stats from the last three days:
Total queries: 93
Young Adult: 16 (this is the first time YA took the lead)
How-to/Self-Help/Guide book: 8
Historical fiction: 8
Science fiction: 7
Women’s Fiction: 7
Male Ennui: 4
Literary fiction: 3
Politics/Current Events: 3
Religion/New Age: 3
Screenplay (I don’t represent): 2
Short story collections: 1
Middle grade (I don’t usually represent): 1
Picture book (I don’t usually represent): 1
Graphic novel: 1
No freaking idea: 3
Of those 93, a mere 19 were personalized, or roughly 20%, which is down from the already-paltry 29% last time I compiled stats. And even that number 19 is somewhat deceptive, since at least half of those mentioned the blog but clearly hadn’t read even the Essentials (or at least hadn’t adjusted their query).
And of those 93 I didn’t request any partials.
Some random categories:
Guides to life in prison: 2
Said they submitted because of my physical appearance: 1
Queries for works that the author professed will change the world: 2
Addressed “Dear publisher,” “Dear Sir/Madam,” or to the wrong agent: 5
Said they were “published” without providing publisher and/or year: 8
Sent query letter as an attachment (which I deleted): 1
Began query with an excerpt from book: 2
Received one of those annoying “in order to control spam you are receiving this automated e-mail” messages after sending a rejection: 2
I really do want to say that I appreciate how difficult it is to find an agent, I appreciate that people are thinking of me when they query, and I know it’s not a whole lot of fun to hear agents complain about how hard it is to find new clients when you’re reading their blog and shouting “I’M RIGHT HERE” at the screen. I definitely understand all of that.
But. These queries are really starting to get out of control.