Thursday, August 27, 2009

Round and Round the Query-Go-Round

Look at me, blogging almost every day this week! I'm quite proud of myself. ^_^

I sent out 2 more queries today. I want to send a couple more, but it's not working out so well.

One agent wants to know when/if a query is a multiple submission. This is fine. I threw in a line telling her it was. However, she also says she would like to be informed of other agents' interest. NB's got a partial (*seat bouncing*) but she can't want to know that...can she? My sensible side says no. My egotistical side says maybe/if I mentioned that she might get a touch more interested.

Another is to an agency who only lets you submit ONE query to ONE agent. No shooting a second query off to another agent at the agency if the first one rejects you. So I'm biting my nails and wondering if I should elaborate on the flattery or if one of the other agents would be a better fit.

And then ANOTHER agent is one I pulled off the list of Most Queried Agents, but she doesn't respond to non-personalized letters. I'd love to personalize it. Really, I would. But I don't know what to say. She gives very little information about herself and her preferences and I don't really want to say, "I'm querying you 'cause you were on the list of Most Queried Agents..."

And then yet two MORE agents want synopses included, and since I've been silly and haven't written one yet, I can't query them until I come up with a halfway decent synopsis.

So, yes, it's slow going.

In other news, the bees around here are going nutty. I went to McDonald's with my cousin and the kid she's babysitting this morning and they were dive-bombing us the whole way back. It was scary! Running with a two-year-old is also a touch exhausting, so I'm totally being a couch potato for the rest of the day. :)


  1. Its almost always the case that you cannot send your query to more than one agent at the same agency. Of course you can, but if their reciever gets two of the same queries for two different agents she/he is likely to tell them and they may be turned off, i know i would be.

    Also some agents do want to know what the status of your query is with other agents, most simply want to know if you are giving them an exclusive, but this could be a good thing.

    Synopsis is definately a 'must' with some agents, but with others if your query is descriptive enough of the plot than they will dismiss that you don;t have a query yet.

    As per personalizing its easy, find a novel the agent has represented that is similar to yours and simply say, 'I am querying you because of your representation of 'novel' and find that it is similar to mine in that it is a story of blah blah blah.

    Hope that was helpful.