Not-so-cheery stat of the day

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May 8, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg

Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency helpfully gives updates on the number of queries she reads, and how many partials she requests from those. Assuming my adding skills haven’t atrophied, this year to date the statistics are:

Queries read: 2185

Partials requested: 27

And 27 might include a couple of fulls (because I wasn’t initially distinguishing between the two), but even so, that is 1.2%. No wonder the agents all write desperate articles about how to write a query letter. Although maybe it’s easier to reject out of hand for cluelessness.

Good thing I will have a brilliant novel and a kick-ass query letter, huh.


Oh, and if you haven’t, go read Slushkiller over at Making Light. Point 5, ‘Remembrance of louts past’ is particularly useful.


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I live, work, and write in Edinburgh. I travel to other places as much as I can. To contact me, email writingmostly at gmail dot com.


CURRENTLY READING: The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo.

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