View Full Version : Curiosity: Why don't agents keep their agentquery.com info up to date?

07-22-2014, 11:31 PM
One example of many possible: LJK Literary, with all of its agents including Susanna Einstein and Meg Thompson, are still listed as such in agentquery.com, but the organization is now Einstein Thompson Agency (and has been since 2011), at a different address, with different specifications for querying than was in place at LJK Literary (at least going by the agentquery.com entry).

I would think that agentquery.com is a sufficiently major point of contact info that an agent would want it to reflect correct and updated information.

In addition to agents who have changed the name of their orgs or moved to another org, the site is well-populated with agents who have dropped out of the business, not to mention agents who no longer accept unsolicited queries.

Is agentquery.com not so highly regarded by agents? Or perhaps they make the updating process annoyingly awkward or something?

Siri Kirpal
07-22-2014, 11:40 PM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

I'd like to know this too. I'm finding less and less that's up to date on that site.


Siri Kirpal

07-22-2014, 11:53 PM
AQ are reliant on their users sending updates on listed agents if the agents don't send updates. So if you see something out of date then let AQ crew know.

07-23-2014, 12:19 AM
That's why I never trust any information I didn't get directly from an agent's website or PM page. AQ and QT are fabulous tools, but they shouldn't be anyone's only stop in agent research.

07-23-2014, 12:42 AM
I'm guessing that if they weren't getting enough queries and submissions to keep them busy, they might do that.

07-23-2014, 01:39 AM
1) Query Tracker seems to be much more heavily used -- AQ seems like it's sorta outdated?That may just be me, but I don't know anyone who uses them over QT.

2)It was a big pain to set up my information back in 2010. As in "print out this form and fax it." which was weird, and then you have to remember your log in to update any info.

3) Frankly we get a lot of queries so it's not like we're trying to get on every website we can. We want to hit the high notes so people know we exist, of course. And people should be checking the agency's website anyway.

07-23-2014, 01:42 AM
The worst thing is when Agentquery says an agent is accepting submission and then you go to their website and it says they've been closed to them for some time. So DEFINITELY don't rely on the site exclusively. It still is a useful resource. And a free one at that.

Old Hack
07-23-2014, 05:06 PM
Agents don't update their information because it's not a priority for them.

Their priority is representing their author-clients in the best way they can, not in updating websites (which they might not even know about) so that authors they probably won't end up representing can query them more effectively.

07-23-2014, 05:20 PM
I've never heard of AQ.

07-23-2014, 07:00 PM
@ Torgo - Not too surprising, AQ only covers US agents