Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
So this is what querying 101 agents looks like.
I used to track this stuff on the computer, ultimately moving to QueryTracker (why not Query Tracker?), which proved to be pretty good for the purpose. I just didn’t feel like meticulously entering status updates and skimming the grid to see how I was doing this time. The answer was always I wasn’t doing very good.
That’s why this time I just decided I’d write this shit down. It’s in no way searchable, except by looking at it. There’s the danger that I’ll query the same agent twice, or hit another agent at the same agency before eight weeks have gone by, and you know what? I don’t care.
I’ve been nothing but businesslike in querying agents for more than 30 years. It’s time for me to relax a little. And if somebody gets bent out of shape because they get a dupe from me, I’m pretty sure they’ll get over it. Because they will have rejected me anyway. And if two agents at the same agency are accidentally considering my book, maybe they’ll have to fight over me to see who wins. I hope so.
Actually, I’m doing my best to avoid those problems. I don’t want to offend anybody, especially someone who’s just doing her job and trying to sort through hundreds of submissions each month. It can’t be easy.
I would just say that it’s also not too easy sending out 101 queries knowing that only one or two of them is going to nibble at my bait.
By the way, of the 101, only 20 have passed formally, with a reply email. The rest ask you to assume that after eight weeks or so, they’re not interested. It didn’t used to be like that.
There used to be a little mutual respect, in that they’d stick a form rejection in your own SASE, and some agents used to sign it or scribble initials at the bottom. If I’m going to make sure I don’t query someone twice, I’d appreciate a polite email that says no thanks.
Too much to ask?