July was another busy month at QueryTracker. As you may know, the site has only been open since mid May. By the end of July QueryTracker membership has already reached 850, with 1,000 expected by mid August. This is good news for all QueryTracker users because it means more data with which to calculate agent information.
Enough data has been accumulated that I have added agent response times to the agent statistic pages. These now show the average, longest, and shortest response times for query letters, with positive and negative responses listed separately. Also listed are the response times to full and partial reads. Not all agents have response data associated with them, but many do. And at the rate the site is growing, it shouldn’t be too long before data is collected for all of them.
Other new statistics include an agent’s accept/reject record based on genre.
Also new in July is the Author’s Showcase. Think of it as a custom website for each QueryTracker user where users can show samples of their work. But not just anyone can view it. The pages are password protected, and you can hand out passwords to just the people you want. The concept is this: You would include a link and password in your query letters. Then, if the agent is intrigued enough by your query, he/she can visit your showcase and read more. Some advantages to this method include the ability to receive instant notification if an agent logs into your showcase, and the agent has the option to leave some quick feedback for you.
We are currently in the process of contacting all agents about the showcase concept and will then compile a list of those willing to use the feature and those who are not.
Another major new feature at QueryTracker is the new Premium Membership Subscription. This is a way for users to help QueryTracker remain open and growing, and allows us to give something back to those who help. Users are asked to subscribe to the extended service for only $25 per year. In return, subscribing users will have access to many advanced features at QueryTracker. A complete list of premium features is available at http://querytracker.net/premiumFeatures.php
And if you haven’t dropped into our forum you should. It’s becoming a very spirited little group.