I became an agent this year and opened to queries on January 13th. I was expecting queries to roll in slowly and instead what I got was an avalanche. In two and a half weeks I received a total of 445* queries! I'm overwhelmed in the best possible way.
Here's the final breakdown!
Total queries: 445
Number of responses sent so far: All
Total requests: 15 (4 partial, 11 full)
TOTAL YA: 231
4 magical realism
TOTAL MG: 72
TOTAL ADULT FICTION: 129
3 New Adult
TOTAL OUTSIDE MY GENRES: 13
Non-fiction, picture books, etc.
TOTAL QUERIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 39
TOTAL CLIENTS SIGNED: 2!
I am so thrilled to be working with Kayti Nika Raet on her YA fantasy. Her book absolutely consumed me (I snuck out of my daughter's 3rd birthday party to hide in the bathroom and read it because I could not put it down) and I'm pumped for the road ahead!
I am also beyond excited to be workings with Adrienne Proctor in her YA fantasy, which has the most compelling voice I've read in a long, long time. I can't wait to share this book with the world!
*My original post stated I received 476 queries. The final number is lower, as I realized that some were duplicate queries sent twice, and some weren't queries at all but either follow ups to requests that I sent, or other, unrelated emails (that were sent straight to the trash). The final official tally is 443 queries received and answered for the month of January!
NOTE: many requested MSs are still outstanding. I'm caught up on answering queries through January, but still have a large reading pile to get through!