Query Stats: July 2017

Catching up, catching up, catching up...

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Gif of a tiny penguin walking quickly, wearing a hat and holding a briefcase.

TOTAL QUERIES RECEIVED: 359
TOTAL RESPONSES SENT: All
TOTAL REQUESTS: 4! (3 YA fantasy; 1 YA contemporary)


Genre Breakdowns

TOTAL YA: 149

1 adventure
26 contemporary
2 dystopian
62 fantasy
4 historical
1 horror
1 magical realism
1 mystery
2 nonfiction
7 paranormal
3 retelling
1 romance
35 science fiction
3 thriller

TOTAL MG: 68

5 adventure
16 contemporary
28 fantasy
2 historical
3 mystery
2 paranormal
1 picture book
2 retelling
9 science fiction

TOTAL ADULT: 139

1 biography
37 contemporary
13 fantasy
15 historical
1 horror
3 magical realism
1 memoir
10 mystery
1 nonfiction
9 paranormal
1 retelling
8 romance
1 screen play
19 science fiction
1 steampunk
16 thriller
2 unidentifiable. No idea what genre these are intended to be.


TOTAL QUERIES IN GENRES I DO NOT REP: 9

TOTAL QUERIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW SUB GUIDELINES: 14

TOTAL REPEAT QUERIES (same writer, same project): 2. Please stop doing this. :(

Query Stats: June 2017

Better late than never. 

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Gif of the White Rabbit frantically telling Alice he's late. 

Total queries: 326
Responses sent so far: All
Total requests: 0
 


Genre Breakdowns

TOTAL YA: 117

15 contemporary
5 dystopian
58 fantas
1 graphic novel
6 historical
3 horror
2 mystery
5 paranormal
1 retelling
1 romance
14 science fiction
1 suspense
5 thriller

TOTAL MG: 61

1 adventure
6 contemporary
1 "digital paleo" (yes, that's the genre the author gave. no, I have no idea what it means)
36 fantasy
5 historical
1 horror
2 mystery
4 paranormal
2 picture book
4 science fiction

TOTAL ADULT: 147

36 contemporary
2 dystopian
21 fantasy
16 historical
2 horror
1 magical realism
1 memoir
4 mystery
1 nonfiction
9 paranormal
1 retelling
12 romance
19 science fiction
2 suspense
19 thriller
1 offer to work for hire....

TOTAL QUERIES OUTSIDE MY GENRE: 5

TOTAL QUERIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW SUB GUIDELINES: 6

TOTAL PERSONAL REJECTIONS: 1

 

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Announcement: Closed to Queries for September

Heeeeey! 

The summer slump got me, y'all. Despite some really productive months in terms of client management and networking--reviewing queries and requested material has essentially come to a dead stop. And I need to make some space in my schedule to catch up. 

For that reason I'm closing to queries for the month of September. Any query received after August 31st and before October 1st will unfortunately be deleted, so please either get those queries in asap or hang on to them until the fall. 

I never really thought I would be the type of agent who closed to queries, and this is a decision I didn't make lightly. It's something I hope to avoid doing too often in the future. But the reality is that as client work ramps up for me, I have less hours in a day to focus on queries and non-client reading. While I thought I'd be able to burn the candle at both ends to get back up to speed, all that ended up happening is that I started to burn out. In the end, I think a brief, temporary close is what I need to get back on top of queries and my reading pile. 

To those I've kept waiting, who are continuing to wait, please know that I appreciate your patience and understanding, and that I can't wait to read your stories. I do still intend to respond to each and every query I receive, and those of you who have been kept waiting are no exception. 

And when I reopen in October, it will be the PERFECT time for some witchy books, of which you know I am quite fond. Just sayin. 

Query Stats: May 2017

It is July, and I'm just now starting the query stats post for May. So I'm sure by now you've figured out that I'm wicked behind. I received 402 queries in May!

Total queries: 402
Number of responses sent so far: All
Total requests: 4! (1 YA Science fiction; 2 YA contemporary; 1 MG fantasy)


Genre Breakdowns

TOTAL YA: 149

2 adventure
32 contemporary
2 dystopian
60 fantasy
5 historical
1 horror
3 magical realism
1 mystery
6 paranormal
6 retelling
26 science fiction
5 thriller

TOTAL MG: 57

3 adventure
8 contemporary
27 fantasy
1 historical
2 magical realism
1 musical (yup)
2 mystery
2 paranormal
1 poetry
1 retelling
9 science fiction

TOTAL ADULT: 172

1 allegory
47 contemporary
1 dystopian
1 erotica
21 fantasy
1 graphic novel
19 historical
1 horror
4 magical realism
4 memoir
6 mystery
1 nonfiction
3 paranormal
3 retelling
12 romance
28 science fiction
6 suspense
12 thriller
1 genre I cannot identify


TOTAL QUERIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW SUB GUIDELINES: 10

TOTAL QUERIES ADDRESSED TO AGENTS WHO ARE NOT ME: 3

TOTAL QUERIES OUTSIDE MY GENRES: 9

TOTAL QUERIES WITH WORDCOUNTS SUPER INAPPROPRIATE TO THEIR CATEGORY: 26!!! (people. no middle grade should ever be 150k).