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#1 Bill in Memphis

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 11:05 AM

Just curious how many queries outstanding is too many? Or is there such a thing? My impulse is to have as many as possible, yet I do not want to break some unwritten rule, either.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:31 PM

You want to query in stages. Think of it this way, if you have a list of 100 possible agents and send out 90 queries at once and the requests don't come who will you send your revised letter to? I personally think any letter that gets less than a 10-20% request rate is not doing its job (unless there is something wholly unmarketable about your project). So start with batches and begin with "C" listers not "A" listers until you see how your letter is working. 


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 05:12 PM

You want to query in stages. Think of it this way, if you have a list of 100 possible agents and send out 90 queries at once and the requests don't come who will you send your revised letter to? I personally think any letter that gets less than a 10-20% request rate is not doing its job (unless there is something wholly unmarketable about your project). So start with batches and begin with "C" listers not "A" listers until you see how your letter is working. 

Great advice, thanks. I tend to approach things logically and this makes sense to me.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 05:15 PM

I was curious about this too! Wish I would of seen this site before I sent out my last query letter! It was diffidently harder writing a good query letter, then it was writing the book haha! That is good advice as well, to send it out in batches! I'll have to look into that some more and set up some lists!


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 05:22 PM

I was curious about this too! Wish I would of seen this site before I sent out my last query letter! It was diffidently harder writing a good query letter, then it was writing the book haha! That is good advice as well, to send it out in batches! I'll have to look into that some more and set up some lists!

I'm keeping up with the queries at this site: https://querytracker...clients.php?g=M

 

I'm sure there are plenty of others similar.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 05:26 PM

I'm keeping up with the queries at this site: https://querytracker...clients.php?g=M

 

I'm sure there are plenty of others similar.

Ahh, that is even better! Thank you!


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#7 Bill in Memphis

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:24 PM

Ahh, that is even better! Thank you!

I've learned to read the comments on the agents before adding them to my list, and you can make have reminders sent at whatever time you think appropriate. I paid the $25 to upgrade for a year, but it's a very easy to use site.


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