Thursday, June 11, 2009


I've finished looking through the Novel & Short Story Writer's Marketplace, and I've picked out the agents I'll be querying. From what I've read, given a query of sufficient quality, two in ten agents should reply for partials. Given an MS of sufficient quality and relation to the query, one in ten partials may generate further interest. Given further pursuit success, one in ten should offer. Ergo, should XLI actually be ready or nearly so for publication, proper selection of agents, and proper query writing, it should only take five hundred queries to acquire an agent.

Of course, my complete list is only twenty five agents long.

Wish me luck.

Edit to update on Ordinal - I've gotten Tram & Ten & Inge to the 'changeover' scene. From here on out it's one long, brutal action scene. Should be fun.


  1. Good luck! I'm crossing my fingers and toes for you!

  2. OK, including all my rounds of querying, I've now queried 16 agents, gotten 2 partial requests and 7 rejections. That leaaves 7 more queries floating out there (6 from the most recent round), and another 7 left to query (who had particularly complex query requirements).

    Not too bad so far.

  3. Got another partial request today. I know partial read-throughs take a while, but I'm really hoping this time when they say 4 weeks they mean 4-8 weeks, rather than 6-12 months. :-P

    Ah, well. At least I'm getting partial requests, which means the query works.