So, I haven't updated in a while. I have a Patreon and a Newsletter now (links to both available here). So I'm sorry that this little blog has gotten neglected. But! But! But! I have an update for you that I'm pretty excited about. Today, noodles and gentlebeans, I'm gonna talk about querying.
So, in early October 2018, I started querying my YA Fantasy Novel. It deals heavily with mental illness and has a bisexual main character with bisexual love triangle trope (that includes both a f/f and a m/f romance).
There's a lot of Agents out there and I wanted to make sure that I wasn't just yeeting queries out into the void. Okay, so, how did I narrow down my Agent choices? So I chose Agents who represented both YA fantasy and science fiction as well as Adult fantasy and science fiction. Look, I have novel ideas leaking out of my nose and they're both YA and Adult, both fantasy and science fiction. I probably should get that checked out.
I also wanted to make sure this list of Agents I assembled (YA/Adult SFF Repping Agents) also had an interest in queer fiction. So, I narrowed down the list even more. So far I've queried 31 Agents off my list. Of those 31 queries, I've received:
· 20 Form Rejections
· 2 Personal Rejections
· 2 Closed No Reply
· 2 Still out
· 5 Full Requests
All told, that's 24 Rejections, 2 waiting, and 5 Full Requests since I started querying seven months ago. (Summary provided for those horribly terrible at arithmetic: like me*.) I am waiting to hear back on these Full Requests (and I'll let you know when I do), but I wanted to give you at least this little snippet of data to let you know how my part of the querying journey has gone thus far.
But what have I been doing since? Writing short stories and working on the next novel. I cannot stress how soothing it is to work on the next project while waiting for responses to my last project. It's a balm. I love this current WIP as much as I loved the one I'm querying. While both totally kick(ed) my butt while writing them, I believe in them both one hundred percent.
I hope this post was somewhat helpful. If you're wondering where all the data came from, I keep a spreadsheet with all this data (plus I use QueryTracker). I adore data. It's a holdover from my old supergaming days.
I'll be posting here again soon with my Nebula Conference schedule. Thanks for stopping by!
*I actually had to edit this post cause the math was off. Wheee.