Wednesday, March 17, 2021
I'm a perfect match, why did you say no?
It's hard to not respond to these kind of emails. I know it's frustrating to think "I’m everything she's looking for!" and then get a pass.
Particularly when you've done a lot of research.
(which is one of the reasons I've always thought personalization is a vast waste of a writer's time: just query)
What the last plaintive writer didn't realize, what most writers don't want to know, is the default answer to a query is no.
With 100 queries a week, even if I requested ONE (1%!) full every week, I'd still only sign one or two writers a year.
OTHER AGENTS NUMBER vary!
I see agents on Twitter who talk about signing what seem like dozens of new clients in a year.
That's not me. That will never be me.
I just can't work at that volume.
Which means when you query, expect no.
And most often it's not cause you did anything wrong.
I've passed on books that have gone on to be published.
I've passed on books that have gone on to win prizes.
What gets requested isn't a matter of ticking off all the boxes.
There's a fourth dimension here, one that's impossible to see or hear.
And very hard to quantify.
I love words, but they fail me when I try to tell people what I love.
Yes, you can see what I've loved by reading the books my clients have published.
But that still won't help much, cause what I'm really looking for is something new and fresh.
at 7:00 AM