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owlion
05-05-2010, 03:57 PM
Is there a particular month/time of year in which you shouldn't send queries?

I'm asking as I recently got a rejection because the agency were full (not stated on their website previously, they just filled up after I sent a query).

I'm just curious if this is the case and it might be helpful to know in future.

Thank you in advance for any replies :)

shaldna
05-05-2010, 03:59 PM
No. If they are full then they are full. It can happen at any time. Just like they can close thier list at anytime.

Danthia
05-05-2010, 04:01 PM
Not really. They say summer and over the Christmas holidays are bad as many folks take vacations and close down, but then you hear agents say they're slow then and they have time to read more. Query the book when it's ready.

Of course, if an agent blogs and says they'll be away during that time, don't query them until they get back :)

jclarkdawe
05-05-2010, 04:38 PM
Because a good answer never goes out of style:

The time not to send out your query is when it's not ready yet. Other than that, it doesn't make a difference.

I've been rejected on Thanksgiving, and know that some agent was commenting on using the Thanksgiving holiday to get caught up. Many agents do queries during non-office hours.

I would prefer to wait until after the holidays, because I don't need the extra pressure during the season. And you really should wait 30 days after you get the perfect query, to make sure in the light of day it really is perfect.

And I've avoided 2 January, because I've known way too many people were sending stuff the same day.

And you need to know that January is bad, because everybody who wrote their novel in November, edited in December, and query in January. And February? We're all lucky it's only 28 days, because it just plain sucks. March is bad as agents realize the weather is getting nice and they don't need to spend all their time in the office. In April we have the IRS in the US and you know what that does to people's moods. May is when everybody gets married, so that rules May out. June is when summer vacation begins, so who has time to deal with queries? By July the kids are bored and vacations have begun in earnest. Which also takes care of August. September is when school starts, and that's pretty hectic. By October, things have quieted down but it's getting dark early and that's depressing. November has Thanksgiving, and we're back to December with the holidays. So apparently you never should send out your query.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-DaweYou might also want to look at Generic Query Question: (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163822) and Query in December? (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=165114&highlight=clark-dawe)

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

Jamesaritchie
05-05-2010, 05:09 PM
Is there a particular month/time of year in which you shouldn't send queries?

I'm asking as I recently got a rejection because the agency were full (not stated on their website previously, they just filled up after I sent a query).

I'm just curious if this is the case and it might be helpful to know in future.

Thank you in advance for any replies :)

No matter when you send, you'll be in line ahead of those who wait to send.

Obviously, you should have sent sooner, which is always the best time.

The point is, sending today is always better than sending tomorrow.

owlion
05-05-2010, 05:14 PM
Thank you for the informative replies :) They're very helpful!

I did hesitate a little before sending to said agency, so I'm sort of kicking myself now ^^" ah well, live and learn.