Is now a good time to query agents in NYC?
First day of public school is September 13. I would imagine agents, editors and publishers with school age children are focused on opening school day and quite stressed over COVID.
So I thought to hold querying until September 20th, when hopefully all the uncertainty would have passed and things proved to be okay.
Should we consider these types of externals when we query?
For starters, not a lot of agents read their queries every day. They almost certainly never read a query the day it's sent.
Some are more "caught up" than others, but while I've responded to most queries sent to me through August, I have five or six I've set aside for a more personal reply, or to request the full.
If you query me today, you might hear back in a day, but it might also be four weeks.
And you don't know who has kids, or even if NYC agents are IN NYC right now.
The best time to query is when your project is ready.
Trying to game out the best time to query will just postpone you pushing the send button.