Monday, September 27, 2010

QueryBomb: One Full Down, Two to Go

One full rejected this a.m. with usual boilerplate. That leaves two to go. It doesn't seem more responses to the bombload of queries will be coming in. Have 80 percent of agents now become serial non-responders? That's pretty sad.

On a happier note...oh, actually, I've got nothing to fill that blank with.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

QueryBomb's Shock and Awe

QueryBomb(TM) continues to pummel the resistance out of literary agents, resulting in another request for a full today.  Now, that could well be the end of the line.  Earlier research by this here blog established that if you were going to get a positive result to your query--indeed, if you were going to get any kind of result at all--you were likely to get it within just a few days of sending your query.  But even if that's the case, I'll be more or less satisfied with the big bang I've gotten out of QueryBomb(TM).

Monday, September 13, 2010

QueryBomb's Reverberations Continue

Another full request late this evening, so QueryBomb(TM)'s success rate stands at 18.2 percent...at the moment.

It won't last.  And probably won't mean anything in the long run.

But for the moment, we are savoring again that giddy sense that comes when someone asks to see your work.

Friday, September 10, 2010

QueryBomb's Explosive Results!

We've got a new feature on The Big Litowski, the QueryBomb(TM) Tracker, to allow you, dear reader, to follow the progress of Trav's latest, greatest, and in all likelihood last major attempt to scam the denizens of AgentLand(TM) into asking to see the magnum opus that is Trav's little mystery/thriller.

So far, the QueryBomb(TM) has worked like a charming thermonuclear device, resulting in a success rate--defined as prompting a request for a partial or full ms.--of 12.5 percent.

Of course, that's based on just one request out of eight responses, but hey, let's celebrate while we can.

Special thanks to Christine Pope and Perri for putting The Big Litowski over the top to 50-plus Followers!  It only took a year.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Query Bomb: Score 1 for 5

I only managed to get out 18 of a planned 25 queries yesterday.  Another 13 so far today brings the total to 31.  But I'm not done yet.

Score so far: four rejections, one full request.

I'm too experienced at this by now to get excited by ms. requests, hence my need to keep the QueryBomb(TM) going until it hits at least 50.

This time, I'm not fucking around.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Query Bomb

Kaboom!

I'm letting fly a query bomb of nuclear proportions today, sending out 25 into the inky depths of the Mephistophelian darkness known as Agentland.

Tomorrow I may re-query every agent I didn't hear back from the last time around, just for the devilish hell of it, unless they specifically say that "no response means no."  The way I look at it, half have moved on, they all might have new assistants, they aren't likely to remember my query from last year and, WTF, who cares if they do remember--all they can do is say no (or be silent again).

So, AgentQuest(TM) is on again!

UPDATE: It took less than an hour for the first rejection to come in: thank you, Uwe Stender at TriadaUS.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trav Never Happy?

Matt, over at Pensive Sarcasm, had this to say in passing on a "strange and hazy" blog award to me (the Dead Man in a Pale Blue Suit Award...or something like that): Finally, I always love bestowing awards on Travener, aka, the Big Litkowski. Why? Because I don't believe that even winning an award he did nothing to deserve could make Travener happy. I find that strange.

Now, this is pretty odd stuff.  Is that what you all think of me?  That I am incapable of happiness?

Do you know that at one point, my protagonist's love interest says to him, “You’re afraid you no longer have the capacity to love, that’s what you’re telling me? Wow, that’s some baggage.”

So, to set the record straight, a few things that make me happy:

1. My kids.  They always come first.
2. That I have finally gone from 48 Followers to 49.  Thank you, Franklin Beaumont of London, England.
3. Blues skies, smiling at me.
4. Chocolate.
5. Scotch.
6. A trout rising to take my dry fly.
7. Born in the USA.
8. A really good read. (Recently read, highly recommended:  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Where Men Win Glory.)
9. Friendship.
10. Receiving undeserved blog awards.