I read 150 email queries last night so I’m a little cross-eyed today.
I did take some notes. Out of those 150 queries, about 30 of them were for young adult projects. About every other YA query featured a portal into another world. I kid you not.
I said “no” to all the portal projects. Sorry.
In fact, last night was a tough go with the old queries. Out of the 150 I read, I actually only asked for sample pages for five projects.
That’s a little low—even for me. The number is usually more around 25 requests out of 150 queries.
My agency information must be posted somewhere inappropriate because a lot of queries last night (an unusually high number) were for projects I don’t represent—thrillers, self-help nonfiction, etc.
It’s too bad because it eats up my time. There are a lot of writers who did their research, have a project that fits my list, and queried me appropriately. If I could somehow magically delete all the inappropriate ones, boy, that would knock the numbers down.
I wish. I’m responding to queries from two weeks ago and there are about 700 queries in that inbox right now. Not a happy or pretty sight.
Good thing the Olympics are on and I want to stay home in front of the Telly.
(Yep, you guessed it. I read queries while watching sports all the time. My fav combo is football and doing queries. I always get behind in my responses when the Broncos season ends.)
Here’s another helpful hint. Don’t change your email address during the query process. It’s awfully nice that you send me an update that says your email has changed, but do you think I’m really going to search out your original query and make a note to use the new email address instead when I respond?
Nope. I’m just going to hit reply to the query, send off my response, and be done. If it bounces back, well, it will just get deleted.
If catastrophe happens and your email has to change during the query process, simply resend your email query.
That way you’ll get a response.