I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me, just how many queries every literary agent in this country receives on a daily basis. It follows, then, that the end of the year is not a great time for catching the attention of any agent, since they’ve got a year’s worth of unsolicited queries to sort through.
As a result, I’m going to slow my query train down until the new year (many agents aren’t even open to submissions until then, anyway). Instead of 100 agents queried (aka harrassed) by December 30th, I’m going to work toward 50 agents queried by this weekend. No more unwelcome work for prospective agents during the holiday weeks. Back to “full steam ahead” in January, when I deduce that agents will be eager to line up their titles for publishing later next year.
You live, you write, you learn.
This is good news, really. The querying process has had a drying out effect on my creativity. This way, I can dedicate my hoiday hours to reading, reading, reading, and writing every day, come hell or high water or blinding and deafening Christmas advertisements no matter which way you turn your head.
As one parting thought, I am impatient to start in on my next novel, but I’ve decided to focus on publishing short stories and/or flash fiction in three literary journals first. I need to build my author bioraphy to give me some credibility and the exercise can only have a positive effect on my skills as a writer, any way.
So here’s to 50 queries, reading-reading-reading, and 3 published shorts!