I hope you doing well with all of this COVID-19 drama. In your opinion is there a rule of thumb for pulling the plug on querying agents? Total count? Time?
My usual rule of thumb has been send 100 queries before pulling the plug.
But I set that standard back in 2005, and I think it's time to reconsider.
First, in 2005, there wasn't as much job shifting among agents. An agent stayed an agent. Sure some quit, or died, but those were the exceptions.
That's not the case now. Several agents I know have gotten out of agenting simply because they couldn't support themselves.
That means a smaller pool to query.
The now-common practice of no response means no also cuts down on how long to keep at it. I'd give those agents 90 days UNLESS you can query someone else at the agency; then I'd give your first choice 45 days.
So but total count and time are in flux right now.
The real question though is when is too soon to throw in the towel.
You should query at least 30 reputable established agents before reaching for the towel.
If you query six at a time, that's five rounds of 30 days. Allowing for the hols, and whatever this thing is we're faced with now, I'd say you should query for at least six months before you start thinking about Plan B.