A free site I created myself because I couldn't find anything else online that did it. Here is a quick list of what QueryTracker provides:
And again, I offer this free because I found it to be so useful for myself I just wanted to share.
- Searchable agent database
- Maintain a record of which agents you've already queried and when (with just one click)
- Maintain a record of all agent responses (again, one click)
- Mark agents you don't like and filter them out of your searches
- Write and print your query letters direct from the site.
- With one click, automatically fill out envelopes and print right from the site. (outgoing and sase)
- See statistics for each agent detailing how many queries have been sent to them and what their responses were.
- View the query letters of other writers (if the author makes it public) and sort them on a per-agent basis so you can see just what that agent likes or dislikes in a query.
What a cool tool, Justpat! Many thanks for creating and sharing it.
Thanks Sury, I hope it helps. Its us against the agents, you know. With this we can kind of pool together and gang up on them. At least thats what I'm hoping.
I've signed up for it and I'm testing it out. I'll let you know how it goes, Pat.
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Great. If you have any questions or problems just let me know. You'll have to ask them here because I don't have a forum on QueryTracker working yet.
Your Query Tool is great!
I just found your website last night, joined, and then got so excited about it's versatility that I had to stop and share it with all my friends on Myspace and on my blogs.
Since more users mean more examples and responses from agents, means it will just keep getting better, I hope it helps drive more to the site to try it out.
I've been lurking, and haven't really intro'd myself here, but have been a subscriber to the Absolute Write newsletter for a long time, though on a yahoo email that I don't always check so I didn't know about the forum.
Nathan on MySpace alerted me to the existance of the Water Cooler, so I rushed over to check it out.
Sadly Nathan refused my query. I guess he thought my book was for children. Not!
Your booksite is incredible!
I sent you an email on your Query Tracker site. but since you are so active here thought I would post this for you.
Good Luck, Pat, with both your projects.
and many thanks for developing this great tool,
Query Tracker is designed to be a huge collection of query information, so yes the more users the better. Thanks for spreading the word.
For those reading this that aren't aware of it, the feature which Rene is talking about works like this: Authors check off milestones for each query they send (things like mailed, emailed, rejected, manuscript request, etc) This is great for helping the individual author keep track. But Query Tracker compiles all that information and for each individual agent will display how many queries have been sent to him/her. How may they have rejected, etc. You can even view the actual query letters (if the author of the letter allows it) so you can see what kind of letters this agent really likes and what she doesn't.
The statistics will also show if an agent accepts emailed queries more often then snail mailed. Things like that. I will be adding in the very near future these same statistics but based on genre.
So, with enough users on QueryTracker, we can gain an edge that we writers have never had before.
Strength in Numbers!
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I just signed up too.
This is amazing and so much better than my Excel worksheet!
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Originally Posted by Toni1953
Thank you, rwam. And because the statistics gathering portion is so important and because that depends on having lots of data, please tell your writing friends to take a look. The more the merrier.
Great site Pat. Thanks for making it available. I joined, and posted about it on my blog.
Hold on Scott, is that a typewriter in your avatar? Do you really use that thing? Wow, talk about bringing back bad memories.
Anyway, glad you like the site.
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It looks fabulous. My only suggestion (so far) is that you have a way to disable the helpful messages and the flashing icons.
However, I am really impressed. I'm not currently submitting now, but when I start (maybe at the end of the summer) I will certainly give this tool a try.
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Thanks Tia, glad you like it. The flashing help messages are there just to walk you through the process the first time, after that they will vanish on their own and never come back.
Originally Posted by Tia Nevitt
Thank you Melanie. There is an 'Add Agent' button at the top of the page, the only restriction is that they will not be placed in the database right away. This is so I can verify their info and make sure they are not on any of the scammer lists.
Originally Posted by Melanie Lane
Ackkk..I wish I'd known about this before I wasted all that time trying to learn php.
I started trying to organize something like this at http://mymanuscripts.com. I think I'll abandon the whole thing though cause it sucks up WAY too much time. Besides, writer's market has finally reinstalled the optioins on their submission tracker.
Awesome work, my man. You should add the ability to add publications instead of just agents.
theengel, I looked at your site, I like the clean/professional look of it. I also like your idea about adding publications as well, I'll get started right away.
I looked at the writer's market tracking site, but was not impressed. It still leaves a lot to pencil and paper (and its not free). In fact, I joined a while back just so I could get a look, and now I can't seem to cancel my subscription. I keep trying, but they still keep charging my credit card. Damn Crooks!
I use WM a lot for the magazine submission info.
Hey, if you need any help, let me know...I'm starting to get the hang of PHP, and had wanted to get other writers involved in the one I was working on, you know, for input or help coding etc.. (noone seemed interested though)
I especially like your ability to print out queries on the fly. This is what I had originally intended to do...the real main functionality for me.
How long have you been working on your site? It looks like you were off to a good start.
Originally Posted by theengel
Help? Certainly. Do you know of any online sources for magazine submission info? I could also use someone with PHP experience who would like to give the site a thorough work over and see if you can break it or find any bugs. But the biggest thing right now taking up all my time is just trying to get the word out.
I wish I had more that you could do, maybe later on.
I worked on it for about 3 weeks straight...it took most of my time. Then I got work and had to quit, and I haven't looked back on it since then.
It all started from this thread:
No one really seemed interested except me, so I had quiot thinking about it.
Not other than Writer's Market. But I'm seeing a lot of outdated material on there. Some of the popular pubs haven't been updated in two years or more.
Do you know of any online sources for magazine submission info?
Press releases might help you get the word out...offline ones to small newspapers.
Hurry up and add my agents!!!
Depending on whether I am sitting in front of my computer or not when I receive new agent notification, it can take 1 to 24 hours for me to check out the agent and make sure they are not on any scam list, then add him/her to the database.
A few came in last night while I was sleeping. They have now been added. If these are not the ones you were looking for, please let me know.
I think they were already in there, I just had a filter on. I suck!
I have them all listed now . Such a great idea- thanks for creating it!