Query Stats: June 2017

Better late than never. 

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

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

 

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). 

 

Query Stats: April 2017

I received 440 queries in April! At the beginning of the month I was nearly caught up on responses, but of course that only lasted for an hour or so. #DVpit was also in April. It was my first time participating and it was amazing. I saw so many incredible pitches fly by, and I'm sure I missed many, many more. If you think we'd be a good fit please do query me even if I didn't <3 your pitch. I want to read your work!
 

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Total queries: 440
Number of responses sent so far: All
Total requests: 5 (3 YA fantasy; 1 YA suspense; 1 Adult paranormal)
#DVpit requests: 10 requests, 4 writers have actually sent materials. Although I hope very much that the rest come sliding into my inbox soon, please remember that you do not have to submit to me or to any other agent or editor who requests your material during a twitter pitch. Only send to people you genuinely want to work with. 


Genre Breakdowns

TOTAL YA: 195
43 contemporary
6 dystopian
67 fantasy
14 historical
1 horror
2 magical realism
1 mystery
12 paranormal
4 retelling
2 romance
36 science fiction
1 suspense
4 thriller

TOTAL MG: 52
4 adventure
8 contemporary
26 fantasy
2 historical
1 magical realism
5 mystery
1 non-fiction
1 picture book
2 retelling
2 science fiction

TOTAL ADULT: 193
43 contemporary
1 dystopian
34 fantasy
19 historical
1 horror
1 humor
4 magical realism
1 memoir
13 mystery
3 nonfiction
11 paranormal
4 retelling
12 romance
20 science fiction
1 screenplay
4 suspense
20 thriller
1 stumper. I have no idea what this is, and the writer didn't provide a genre, either. 

TOTAL OUTSIDE MY GENRE: 7

TOTAL QUERIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW SUB GUIDELINES: 14

TOTAL QUERIES WITH INAPPROPRIATE WORD COUNTS FOR THEIR CATEGORY:  10

TOTAL QUERIES ABOUT NAZIS: 0!

TOTAL REPEAT QUERIES (same writer, same project): 2 :(

TOTAL PERSONAL REJECTIONS SENT: 2. Most of my rejections are form letters, but sometimes I add a personal note in there, when moved to do so. I cannot do this for everyone, so please do not respond to rejections asking for more details. I understand how frustrating it is to not know what to fix or what to improve. I know that silence or generic politenesses aren't something you can work with. Lean on critique partners and beta readers to get the critical feedback you need. And know that if I do send personalized feedback to you on a rejection, that it comes from a genuine place. 

 

Query Stats: March 2017

March was the slowest month for my inbox so far, so caught up quick! I received a total of 330 queries for the month, including those I requested through #PitMad.

Total queries: 330
Number of responses sent so far: 321* I've responded to all regular queries and am calling March closed. I do still have #PitMad requests to respond to, but because I requested 50 pages alongside the query I'm treating these differently. 
Total requests: 7 (2 YA contemporary, 1 YA historical, 2 YA fantasy, 1 MG fantasy 1 MG contemporary)
#PitMad requests: 9
 


Genre Breakdowns so far....

TOTAL YA: 140
1 adventure
21 contemporary
7 dystopian
55 fantasy
7 historical
3 horror
3 magical realism
2 mystery
7 paranormal
4 retelling
2 romance
26 science fiction
2 thriller

TOTAL MG: 53
1 adventure
9 contemporary
23 fantasy
2 historical
3 mystery
4 paranormal
1 picture book
2 retelling
8 science fiction

TOTAL ADULT: 128
2 adventure
1 biography
40 contemporary
1 dystopian
21 fantasy
12 historical
2 magical realism
2 memoir
1 mystery
1 nonfiction
6 paranormal
1 poetry
2 retelling
6 romance
15 science fiction
13 thriller
2 stumpers. I have no idea what this is, and the writer didn't provide a genre, either. 

TOTAL OUTSIDE MY GENRE: 7

TOTAL QUERIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW SUB GUIDELINES: 9

TOTAL QUERIES WITH INAPPROPRIATE WORD COUNTS FOR THEIR CATEGORY: 6. Including one project with a word count of 999k! Come on, guys. 

TOTAL QUERIES ABOUT NAZIS: 2. I'm going to start keeping track of these in the hopes that one day I never, ever get another one. Please do not send me projects that are sympathetic to Nazis. I have no interest in that take. 

TOTAL REPEAT QUERIES (same writer, same project): 2 :(

TOTAL PERSONAL REJECTIONS SENT: 3. Most of my rejections are form letters, but sometimes I add a personal note in there, when moved to do so. I cannot do this for everyone, so please do not respond to rejections asking for more details. I understand how frustrating it is to not know what to fix or what to improve. I know that silence or generic politenesses aren't something you can work with. Lean on critique partners and beta readers to get the critical feedback you need. And know that if I do send personalized feedback to you on a rejection, that it comes from a genuine place. 

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY: I lost two projects this month. Oof. The first was a #PitMad request. The author emailed to withdraw her book from consideration after signing with another agent. I wish I'd been given the chance to read the full and put my hat in the ring, but sometimes when authors find the perfect agent, they don't need to explore other options. I was grateful that she wrote to let me know, and sent her my heartfelt congratulations. 

The second project I lost out on still hurts, because I chose to bow out. I got an incredible query mid-month but hadn't had a chance to look at it yet when the author emailed to let me know she had an offer of representation, and she set a week-long deadline to hear back from everyone else. I requested the full manuscript immediately and started reading. It was a gorgeous book. But...I couldn't finish it in time. It was a hectic week for me both personally and professionally and I just could not get the reading done. It wouldn't have been fair to either me or the author to offer representation without having finished the book. So the day before her deadline I sent an email that pained me to write. I told her how much I loved what I'd read so far, but that I wasn't going to be finished by her deadline, and so I was bowing out. It broke my heart to hit send and let go of that project. But the author was gracious and understanding in her response, and I have NO DOUBT that you'll all be hearing about her and this rich, compelling, truly special book in the future. 



TOTAL NEW CLIENTS SIGNED: 1! Technically this came from a February query, but going back and editing old posts to announce good news seems silly, so from now on I'll announce new clients in the month I sign them! Rachael Garza, with her self-described "weird little book about sisters and refugees and magic" is my latest client and I'm so, so excited to be working with her on this beautiful book. You can find Rachael on twitter: @Rachael846


I've now responded to all regular queries sent in March! This does not include requested manuscripts (some dating back to January. Eep) or #PitMad requests. If you sent a regular query in March and haven't heard from me, please resend!

Query Stats: February 2017

In February, a short month, I saw a slow down in my query inbox. I received 402 queries for the month. Here's hoping you guys flood me in March!

The tweaks to my submission guidelines obviously helped, because so far there's been a much better adherence to them this month than last (reminder: I won't open attachments in a query). 

Total queries: 402.
Number of responses sent so far: All
Total requests: 8 (all YA: 4 science fiction, 4 fantasy)

Genre Breakdowns
TOTAL YA: 183
2 adventure
31 contemporary
3 dystopian
65 fantasy
7 historical
5 historical fantasy
1 horror
1 magical realism
1 mystery
6 paranormal
3 retelling
1 romance
51 science fiction
1 suspense
4 thriller

TOTAL MG: 80
4 adventure
12 contemporary
35 fantasy
1 graphic novel
7 historical
6 magical realism
2 mystery
1 non-fiction
1 retelling
11 science fiction

TOTAL ADULT FICTION: 139
1 adventure

38 contemporary
17 fantasy
13 historical
1 magical realism
3 mystery
4 non-fiction
5 paranormal
3 retelling
6 romance
32 science fiction
3 suspense
10 thriller
3 that defy description. I'm not kidding. No genre was given, and all my years in the publishing industry could not help me decipher what these books were supposed to be.

TOTAL OUTSIDE MY GENRES: 7
Non-fiction, graphic novels, short stories, picture books, etc. 

TOTAL QUERIES THAT DID NOT FOLLOW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 14

TOTAL REPEAT QUERIES (SAME PROJECT, SAME AUTHOR): 3. Don't do this, guys. A pass is a pass. Don't query the same project again next month.

TOTAL CLIENTS SIGNED: 0

I'm officially caught up on queries from February! If you sent a query anytime prior to March 1st and have not yet received a response, please resend. This pertains to queries only. I'm still reading requested materials dating make to January. Which...is a lot of reading, so excuse me while I get back to it!