Well, I did it. I finished all my line edits and my chapter realignment. And because I was in such an inspired mood I sent out queries to seven agents. TA DA.
Now for the bad news, of those seven, three agents wanted query, synopsis and chapter one. Stupid me forgot to take that line out of the query, "I would be delighted to send you the synopsis and first three chapters" which I could have said, "Enclosed you will find...blah blah blah". So much for not being a newbie. I hope they take pity on me and realize it's a multiple submission and I just forgot to change the format of the letter. (Can you hear me slamming my head against the desk.) However, it was only three agents.
Okay, let me tell you what I did -- Of the seven, five were agents I queried when I was stupid six months ago. Two of those agents said on their websites it was okay to re-query if you had done substantial revisions and enough time had passed. Chuck Sambuchino said the same thing (Guide to Literary Agents). Two of the agents were brand new, however one of those was one where I made the dreaded "I'll send you" mistake. I queried one of the same agencies I had before but this time I queried a different agent. I received one auto-reply "Thank you for your query, it's been received in our office, we'll-get-to-it-when-we-can type of things." Which I thought was very nice and polite and she actually is one of my dream agents.
Now Chuck also said, (I love Chuck, he's so smaht [smart -- for those of you who don't speak with a Boston accent]) that you should only query 7 - 10 agents at a time. BECAUSE you don't want to mass query everyone and then find after all the 50 are done you have no agents left in the pool. So you query ten at a time, wait, sort of, for those answers to come back, work on the next book, and as the rejections start coming in, send out that many more queries. 10 out, 5 back, 5 out, 3 back, 3 out. get it? BECAUSE if you send out 15 and one of those 15 wants to sign, you don't have any more queries to send out and you don't have to write a whole lot of agents and say, "Sorry I signed with so & so." Pretty ingenious huh. Wish I'd thought of it.
And someone said, I forget who, that it's better to query during the middle of the week rather than at the beginning or end. Monday's are too busy, Friday's are too busy. Tues, Wed, Thurs, agents know they have to read them and so they settle in to look for something good. If you could also time it to have the query fall into the inbox on Friday night, you might get a shot at getting read on Saturday. But you can't always be sure. And that might just get pushed to Monday which you don't want to happen.
So, there we are gentle readers, my query stats. I will keep you posted on what happens. However if I get 7 rejections within the week we will have to consider a serious chocolate party come Saturday.
And what are you doing today???