August 25th, 2008


schrodinger's queries - you don't know until you read them

I've just returned from two weeks of vacation, during which I did not check either my email or my voicemail once. It's the first time I've done that in years. (Not checked during vacation, that is -- it's not my first vacation in years. Thank goodness.)

The email is downloading right now as I'm typing this. I'm betting it will take me a day or two to get things sorted and triaged. But I'm not sure how long it will take to actually read everything and respond... Query or otherwise.

Remember that game at the carnival where you had to guess how many jellybeans were in a jar? And if you actually guessed it you won something? Well, I'm not sure what to offer as a prize (maybe a book or galley), but for those diehard readers of the query wars, I'd be interested in hearing guesses of how many queries are going to be in my e-query to-be-read queue when I'm down downloading. The oldest query when I left was dated Monday, July 28th (received just as I was leaving for the RWA annual conference, which seems like it was ages ago, not just a month). So, take those pre-vacation queries into account for your best guess too! Only one guess per person, please - and if you post anonymously include some sort of identifier. If numbers end up doubled up, the winner will be by order of entry. At end of business today, I'll tell you what my guess was and what the actual number turns out to be.

Come on -- step right up and have a go at it...

and the winner is....

For everyone who picked a number under 1000, bless you.

And the winner is.... crazy_gabrielle at 457. I'd like to know how she arrived at this number since the actual count was 455.

My own guess had been 485.

I will be contacting crazy_gabrielle to offer her a book by one of my clients that she'd like to read, which I will send to her.

Thanks everyone for playing. It was a fun counterpoint to all of today's sorting and triage.