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letters from the query wars

# of queries read last week: 79
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: fantasy

# of queries read this week: 117
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: fantasy


Close to 600 queries left in the reading queue

Have read all queries received prior to March 1st


Give yourself the time you need. Lately, have been seeing many queries that come across as rushed. Also, a number of authors jumping into the pool before they should. Some before the novel is even finished. (This week's example: A query in which the author informed me they were working on a novel and expected to be done this summer.) Additionally, even with those who have finished the novel, anxious to get the material out there, the query and synopsis may suffer.

How long did you spend writing your novel?

Less than 3 months
3(2.1%)
3-6 months
13(9.0%)
6 months - 1 year
31(21.5%)
1-3 years
59(41.0%)
more than 3 years
31(21.5%)
other (detail in comments)
2(1.4%)

How long did you spend working on your query?

1 hour
2(1.5%)
1 day
10(7.3%)
1 week
19(13.9%)
2-4 weeks
23(16.8%)
1 month
18(13.1%)
More than 1 month
54(39.4%)
other (detail in comments)
8(5.8%)

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