Query that got 17 full requests + 4 offers of representation (and now a publisher)
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:08 AM
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"Writing is easy. All you have to do is stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead." Gene Fowler
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:35 AM
All of this is by way of saying in my brief tenure here, I knew you to be a very advanced ingenue. You made some decisions selling this book and I'd like to know what your strategy was because it worked!
Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:11 AM
I started querying in January. I'd sent 20 or so queries when I decided the query wasn't working. I tried out a couple other variations to see if they would work any better, but they didn't. In early February, I happened upon the query for Across the Universe by Beth Revis and realized her model might work better for my story. So I whipped up the query posted above and sent it out without letting anyone critique it. It was a risk, but it was the first query I was actually happy with, and it soon got me requests.
I sent queries in small batches--honestly, it was a random process, though I did make a point of saving agents higher on my list for later. I'd send more once I got a request, maybe only 2 or 3, maybe 10. I was very spontaneous. In late February, I got a call out of nowhere from an agent who'd requested a full. This was not The Call--he basically told me what was wrong with my book and gave me some suggestions for fixing it. I agreed with his thoughts, and realized I'd queried too soon. I held off querying for a month while I revised the book. About a week after I started querying again, I got an R&R, so again I held off querying while I did another revision. After that second revision, I sent out more queries, and a week later I had an offer.
Long story short--I sent out almost 140 queries, because I screwed up and had a query that wasn't working at first. I had 26 requests, mostly for fulls.
One interesting note: after I got my query right, I re-queried a couple agents and got full requests. One turned into the R&R. Another turned into an offer of rep, though I didn't end up picking that one. So, re-querying can work, if the query is completely different and the story is stronger.
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