July 31st, 2009

books

letters from the query wars

# of queries read this week: 176
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 1
genre of partials/manuscripts reqested: SF thriller

Note: Have now read all query letters pre-July. If your query was sent either via email or snailmail prior to July 1st and you have not received a reply, either your query didn't reach me or my reply did not reach you. Please check your spam filters. This message brought to you by the letters "p" and "q".


Today's missives from the front:

* Still not reading unsolicited attachments. (Also still not king.) If I didn't specifically and personally ask for you to send it, it's unsolicited.

* If you query several times via email over the course of a few months for the same project with identical query letter and pages, and each time the response from me is to decline (until I finally succumb after you reach double digits and block your email address because really this is so unfair to eveyone else), sending the same query via post will garner the same reply (or none if you didn't include an SASE).

* Because of that infamous spam querier who has sent the same query multiple times from multiple email addresses, a legit query was almost deleted yesterday as the author's name showed in the from field as the same as one of the psuedonyms frequently used. If you know someone who is employing these kinds of tactics, please say something to them. The query you save may be your own.