Genres Requested: Adult literary; Adult urban fantasy; YA contemporary (2)
Genres Requested: Adult literary; Adult magical realism; YA contemporary
Genres Requested: Adult literary; Adult urban fantasy; YA contemporary
Genres Requested: Adult literary; YA contemporary (2); YA mystery; YA sci-fi
Genres Requested: Adult mystery; YA contemporary; YA thriller
Genres Requested: Adult magical realism; YA sci-fi (2)
Genres Requested: Adult sci-fi (2); Adult mystery; Adult short story collection; YA contemporary; YA sci-fi (2); MG fantasy; YA urban fantasy; YA magical realism
Genres Requested: Adult literary (2); Adult sci-fi; YA urban fantasy
Genres Requested: Adult literary; (2); YA contemporary (2)
Genres Requested: Adult magical realism; Adult sci-fi; YA contemporary (2); YA urban fantasy; YA sci-fi (2)
Genres Requested: MG fantasy; YA horror; YA contemporary
Genres Requested: Adult women’s fiction; MG fantasy; YA contemporary
Total Queries Received in 2014: 3,289
Request Rate from Queries: 1.6% (approx.)
Least Requested Genres (of those I rep): MG (but when requested, usually involved fantasy elements), YA mystery/thriller
Total Offers of Rep from Queries: Two
1) Anthony Jones, adult sci-fi/noir: R&R from 2013 query, received revision and offered rep in 2014
2) Marissa Marangoni, YA literary/contemporary, from 2014 query
3) Kelly Calabrese, YA thriller/horror, met at a 2014 conference
- I receive a LOT of queries for genres I do not represent. If I had to guess, I’d say at least 40% of my slush pile consists of queries from people who don’t actually care what I represent, as long as I represent them. This is not a good way to go about finding an agent. You want an agent who is excited about your book, but who also has the right editorial eye for your genre and experience selling it.
- More often than not, I ask for an R&R (revise & resubmit) when I’m interested in something. Good writing can’t exist without revision, yet revising is a separate skill not every writer can master. Since I’m an editorial agent, I need to know my future-clients can take notes, make them their own, and revise. There were about a dozen times this year when an author whose manuscript I requested received an offer of representation. In some cases, that manuscript just wasn’t for me. Other times, though, I saw the potential in the manuscript, but it needed too much work for me to make a counter-offer. In other circumstances, I’d ask for an R&R, but if they have an offer on the table already, then I have to pass.
- I read and respond to every query I receive, with the exception of the following:
- Mass queries – queries addressed to more than 1 agent (it’s also very obvious when we’re all BCC’d)
- Pre-queries – emails that ask whether they can query, which is a waste of time for everyone involved. The answer is always yes, just query.
- Queries sent as attachment.
- Queries addressed to someone else
- The Maybe-Query. (If you self-published the book you’re querying, make sure the agent knows you’re seeking representation and not just spamming them with a promotional email.)