So nine out of ten agents I query ask for sample pages (anywhere from five pages to fifty) with the initial, unsolicited query letter. I understand their reasoning, it will save them time asking for partials, but it does make it harder to track my responses.
I've queried about 19 people and have gotten a lot of really nice "nos." Several have said my project, "showed promise" but that they weren't interested.
Is this normal, or should I be worried about this response rate? I've been told that if your query is good, about three out of seven agents should ask for a partial. But, since everyone immediately asks for a partial, I don't know how to judge this.