February 12th, 2010


letters from the query wars

# of queries read this week: 166
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 0
genre of partials/manuscripts requested: n/a

Over 300 queries still in the queue. And not quite a month since queries re-opened. Where does all the time go?

Two things that popped up a lot in queries this week....

-- First-time novelist querying before the book is done. A number of people mentioned that they had started a book, were such and such percentage done, planned to be done by a certain date, etc. If any of these are true, the person sent the query too soon. Finish the book before querying. Better yet, revise the book before querying.

(Yes, the rules are different for nonfiction proposals - read this.)

-- Emailing the query and the sample separately. Please do not do this. Given the amount of incoming email to the query address finding and pairing these up may end up happening after the fact. Which may be too late.