View Full Version : Help! I am addicted to querying!

10-15-2008, 07:20 PM
Please, help me cut down or stop altogether - I can't stop sending out queries! I am so excited about my proposal and book idea that I just know all those wonderful agents will be, too.

But what happens when they all say "Gimme, gimme"?

So how many queries do you have out there at any one time? How many is too many?
(If it makes a difference, my book is nonfiction and a couple of the queries have the proposal included, as per submission guidelines.)

10-15-2008, 07:39 PM
I've seen threads where people have got multiple offers from agents, which worked great for them: giving them the opportunity to settle on the best one, though it was probably pretty stressful till the smoke cleared. Good luck.

10-15-2008, 09:20 PM
Go go go, Mark. The more submissions you make the more chance there is of hitting the right agent for your work.

And it's lovely to hear you're so enthusiastic about your project. If you love it, chances are someone else will.

Loadsa luck.

10-15-2008, 09:27 PM
I send my queries out in small batches with the theory that I'll see how the query letter, partial, etc. is working out and if it needs revising. But I've learned that sometimes agents don't respond *at all* so that system isn't perfect.

10-15-2008, 09:43 PM
This is a good addiction. Like being addicted to water. The worst thing that can happen is you get multiple offers. How terrible. :D

10-15-2008, 09:45 PM
This is a good addiction. Like being addicted to water. The worst thing that can happen is you get multiple offers. How terrible. :D

I guess that's true, it just seems like at some point I have "too many" out there. I'm just not sure what number that would be though, or even why. I suppose as long as I'm not sending out after giving people exclusives, maybe I'm okay.

10-15-2008, 10:02 PM
The down side would be 'burning' potential markets. Let's say you sent out 20 queries, got no positives so went back and revised, then sent 20 more. The new 20, well, they'd be better. By the time you've sent out 5 batches, those first 20 were basically a waste because of how much stronger your query is now than it was then.

But otherwise, I don't see a down side.

10-15-2008, 10:12 PM
The problem with having too many agent queries out at one time is that you probably simultaneously queried some of your most desired agents and some at the bottom of your list. Lets assume that you get an offer of representation today from an agent near the bottom of your list. Do you accept it when you haven't yet heard from your A or B list of agents? I would have preferred you query all your A agents and then after 4-6 weeks, if no positive response, start sending out to your B list and so on. But what's done is done. I wish you all the best.

10-15-2008, 10:29 PM
I'm planning batches of five-ten at a time. Then I'll wait two-three weeks, chew over any responses, and send another batch. Obviously my way is the best, because it's mine. ;)