I found the pointed advice that querying anywhere between Thanksgiving and mid-January is pointless, and everyone should stop.
Certainly, you’ve mentioned it’s not worthwhile making perishable offerings to agents during the holidays, but the advice seems to me counter to progress; even if I have to wait longer for a response (goes my way of thinking), surely it’s not actually *wrong* to query on right now, particularly if it’s possible and there’s motivation!
I’m an A-number-one slacker given the option, but it seems to me no aspirant should flat-out quit trying for six or eight weeks out of the year.
Is this agent just tired of the post-NaNo naïve query glut – if there is such a thing – or do some honestly just give winter a full on pass, so to speak, and queries during this period really will fall on deaf eyes? Subsidiary, selfish question: why wouldn’t they just go closed for queries, if this is the case?
Well, it's a real pain to close for queries let me tell you. I've done it a couple times, and getting the info to all the sites, and then getting it taken down again..well, it's a pain.
That blog post you mentioned is by Jessica Faust and I must tell you she's a terrific agent, and I watch what she does like a hawk. If I could spy on her in her office wearing some sort of invisible suit like Patrick Lee has in The Breach, I'd be there right now.
So, far be it from me to tell you not to pay attention to what she says.
There really is no industry standard for this. It's not WRONG to query any time you want (unless the agent is closed of course.) The question is whether it's effective. And I don't think there's a way to measure that other than to try. And by trying, you're querying, so that's that.
For every agent who doesn't want queries during the holiday, there are at least a couple who will be reading their email on Christmas Day and wondering if they should reply, or wait till 12/26.
Here's the one thing you know after reading Jessica's blog post: Don't query her right now. Query me.