Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Timing Your Queries
In a word, don't.
You can talk yourself out of querying with all sorts of hypotheticals.
It's August, agents are on summer vacation.
It's September, agents are busy with submissions.
It's November, no one wants a query during the holidays.
It's December, no one wants to think about working at Christmas.
Pretty soon you're still at the starting gate, and meanwhile other more nimble queriers have snagged my attention.
Sending does not equal reading on the other end.
Most of us just save queries till we're ready to read. That can be Christmas Day, or next February.
I actually had to stop sending rejections on Christmas. More than one writer was seriously annoyed/bummed out.
I just liked keeping up with stuff.
Now more than ever, querying is trying to tame chaos.
Don't make it any harder on yourself by trying to assess when.
Here's the guideline: Send it when it's ready.
at 7:00 AM