Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. This will be my last post of 2013, which means it’s time for my annual end-of-year query stats.
I dubbed this year the year of ALL THE CHANGES, and my career was no exception. In April I closed to queries to prepare for a career change. I moved from an assistant-level position with Curtis Brown, Ltd. to a full-time agent role with Bradford Literary Agency. Back in June, I blogged about moving to Bradford and included my query stats from January to April 2013.
I re-opened to queries on June 10, so for the purposes of this blog post, the stats I’m using will be from June 10 – December 22. As a reminder, the stats are from unsolicited queries only – aka “the slush pile.” Any requests made at conferences, through blog/Twitter contests, or via referrals weren’t part of the tally. So, without further ado:
Genres Requested: Women’s fiction, Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism, MG fantasy
Genres Requested: Women’s fiction, Literary Fiction, Urban Fantasy, YA Fantasy
Genres Requested: Adult Sci-fi, MG Horror, YA Fantasy
Genres Requested: Literary Fiction (2), Adult Paranormal Thriller, Adult Sci-fi, YA Paranormal, YA Thriller, YA Fantasy, YA Sci-fi
Genres Requested: Adult Sci-fi (2), YA contemporary (2), Adult Magical Realism
Total Queries Received Since June 10: 2,024
Total Manuscript Requests: 29
Most Requested Genres: Literary fiction, Magical Realism, and Sci-fi
Total Offers of Rep from Queries: 0 – Don’t be alarmed by this number. More often than not, if I’m interested in a manuscript, I ask for a revision (“R&R”) before offering representation. This is even more common if the manuscript comes from an unsolicited query.
Total New Clients since June: 1 – The fabulous Gina Miel Heron, a woman’s fiction author I met at a conference in 2011 and kept in contact with while she finished her manuscript and then, later, the R&R I asked for in 2012. Sometimes it’s a long road to representation!
Total Queries Received in 2013 (minus hiatus): 3,206
- Mass queries (addressed to more than one person – and, yes, we can tell when you BCC us).
- Pre-queries (emails asking whether they can query).
- Queries sent as attachments or links, with nothing else in the body of the email.
- Queries addressed to someone else (even if it’s a copy and paste error, I’ll assume you meant to query that other person instead).
- Possible query for a self-pubbed book, but possibly just promoting a self-pubbed book. If I can’t tell if what you’re sending is, in fact, a query, I won’t answer it.