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Hip-Hop-a-potamus
08-30-2010, 11:39 PM
For the last few months, I've been trying without success to get anything but a form reject.

I had the squirrels comment on my query letter, and even changed the title to try for more shelf appeal, which the squirrels applauded.

I'd take anything at this point that might give me a suggestion or a comment. So far, nothing. I was beginning to get a bit dejected, not knowing if it was something about the story itself, or the wording of the query.

Last night, I finally began broadening my group agents on Query Tracker to see if I'd been aiming wrong. I started looking at commercial fiction folks in addition to the historical and the mystery folks. Sent out two more queries.

This morning, I had a request for my very first full! So maybe my query didn't need any more work; it just hadn't hit the right agent yet. I'm trying not to hyperventilate. I know, it could still get rejected very easily. But this is the shot in the arm I really needed. :D

Calla Lily
08-30-2010, 11:49 PM
Yay! Much good luck!

Little1
08-30-2010, 11:50 PM
Congrats!!! ^_^

vfury
08-30-2010, 11:57 PM
Yay! Good luck. :)

Sweet Tea
08-31-2010, 01:33 AM
Congrats! And keep us posted!

bluefeline
08-31-2010, 01:44 AM
Congrats and good luck! :)

Lauretta
08-31-2010, 02:03 AM
Much congrats and best of luck!

Susie
08-31-2010, 04:56 AM
congrats 'n way2go, Hip. Think paper bag if ya need some air. :D That's super and hope it's a home run. Calls for :Cake:S! :)

Freelancer
08-31-2010, 05:04 AM
Congratulations and good luck!

Daddyo
08-31-2010, 06:07 AM
Yippee skippee do-die!

honeysock
08-31-2010, 06:26 AM
:partyguy:

Yay! Congratulations!!!!

It only takes ONE yes.

PGaritas
08-31-2010, 06:31 AM
Another step on the ladder. Congratulations!

regdog
08-31-2010, 02:55 PM
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Hip-Hop-a-potamus
08-31-2010, 03:40 PM
:heart::e2arms:

Love you guys. :D

Phaeal
08-31-2010, 04:25 PM
CGs on the milestone! Here's to hoping this is the only full request you need.

Snowstorm
08-31-2010, 06:48 PM
Congrats and well done for not locking yourself into one spot and for not giving up. Best wishes to you.

Mr. Anonymous
09-04-2010, 12:16 AM
Congrats mate. Now KEEP AT IT. When I got serious about querying, I queried 150 agents in one sitting. xP Other peeps like a more tactical approach, where they send out platoon after platoon of queries. But two at a time will take forever!

Julie Worth
09-04-2010, 12:19 AM
Congrats mate. Now KEEP AT IT.

Right. Agents reject nine fulls for every offer, so even if you have a great book, it's a numbers game.

mccardey
09-04-2010, 01:56 AM
Well done, you!!!! That's great news!!! Keep us posted!

(Here's some more exclamation marks I found lying around... help yourself...)

!!!!!

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
09-04-2010, 02:47 AM
Congrats mate. Now KEEP AT IT. When I got serious about querying, I queried 150 agents in one sitting. xP Other peeps like a more tactical approach, where they send out platoon after platoon of queries. But two at a time will take forever!

Thanks! Actually, I do the two at a time thing, more to see if the query is working than it taking forever. And i don't want to spend all my time querying, I want to spend it writing and trying to polish things. I've got time.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
09-04-2010, 02:48 AM
Right. Agents reject nine fulls for every offer, so even if you have a great book, it's a numbers game.

Yep, I know. Baby steps, baby!

Mr. Anonymous
09-04-2010, 03:12 AM
Fair enough, but two at a time is a very small sample size. I'd go 5-10 if I were you. But ultimately, it's your call. And the time you'll spend on queries remains the same - the difference is, the fewer you send out at once, the more you stretch that time out. Anyway, best of luck!

night-flyer
09-04-2010, 03:23 AM
Good for you! Congrats! Hope it turns out well. Rootin' for ya. :hooray:

AmyDoodle
09-04-2010, 06:26 AM
Wonderful! How exciting!