Monday, February 1, 2010

I Got Nuthin'

By which I mean of the 30-some queries I sent out the first week of January, I have yet to garner a response on 20. That's a lot, even for the notoriously slow and non-responsive community that is literaryagentville. Anyone else finding this to be the case?

I also have an unresponded-to snail-mail query dating back to 10/29, and one to 11/30. You'd think the least they could do is scrawl "no" on my query letter and stick it in the SASE I sent along with it.

8 comments:

  1. I have a fair number of queries not responded to in general, including virtually every query I sent in December (between 12/1 and 12/15 or so - after that I stopped until the New Year) and most sent in January (don't have my spreadsheet with me now, but guestimate I've only heard back on 4/12). I wonder if December queries just don't count? I got a rejection over the weekend and it was the first time I'd heard from an agent in nearly two weeks. I envision the whole industry hunkered down, terrified of the iPad and the MacMillen and Amazon clash, wondering what to do next, and ignoring all queries in the meantime. But you are not alone in lack of response lately...and it is quite frustrating.

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  2. Hmmm your response times are about average, I'd say. Of course it's frustrating but you have to just keeping on keeping on. OK...that's lame advice. Guess I'm tired. Think I'll go write.

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  3. That's it. No more SASE. I'm guessing they carefully peeled the stamp off to send off bills or something. The economy IS pretty bad right now. Cretins.

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  4. Damn. I know. That is so frustrating. What is the deal with that? But, I found the passage of time, doesn't mean a thing. My manuscript was floating around for months at the agency that I'm with. It just took that long for them to get to. Now that may be too long for some, but I was working on my next book, attending conferences, and blogging, and just life stuff. Which I guess is my way of saying, waiting doesn't necessarily mean sitting on your a**. Could mean sitting on your a** and writing another damn good book.

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  5. Not that you are sitting, like that, just saying.
    Okay.
    Bye.

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  6. Hey don't feel bad. It's exactly the same way for me right now. I have all the queries I sent out since 2009 and some date back to February 09 (the ones have not been responded to) I think I sent out like 30 last month as well. It's so true when they say it's all numbers game.

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  7. The whole process is more than a little frustrating, of all the query letter sent out only half will respond.

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