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Title: How do you go about organizing your agent list?
Post by: Alniah on May 05, 2010, 05:26:37 PM
I upgraded to Premium recently (AND LOVE IT) but I was wondering is anybody had any pointers on how they organized their agent list. Would you query the ones you really want first? Or last so that you can improve the query along the way? If there are a couple of agent in the same agency that cover your genre but you cannot find anything relevant to make one stand out over the other, which would you query?
Title: Re: How do you go about organizing your agent list?
Post by: Kimmy on May 06, 2010, 10:40:31 AM
I usually start with agents who take email queries without any other info because that is easiest; then I do agents who want pages or other info like synopsis or sample chapters, then last I send out snail mail. Havent snail mailed in a while. I should though.
Title: Re: How do you go about organizing your agent list?
Post by: Alniah on May 06, 2010, 11:14:08 AM
Thanks a lot. Your idea to do the query only first is great. I did not think about it.
Do you usually query 10 at a time like some people advice? I have about 7 queries waiting responses (it's been 8 days since they were sent) and I am itching to send more out.
Title: Re: How do you go about organizing your agent list?
Post by: MaryL on May 06, 2010, 12:48:56 PM
I sent small batches of 4 or 5 and tried to keep 5 out at one time.

Publishing is slow, so don't burn bridges by getting in a hurry.  If you send out a lot, and then have a great suggestion regarding the query or manuscript, it might be too late for those already out. Take your time and get it right.

Good luck!
Title: Re: How do you go about organizing your agent list?
Post by: JeanneG on May 06, 2010, 01:00:27 PM
 :agree: with MaryL. Wait at least several weeks before you send out more queries and don't send them to your top agents yet. It's easy to make a misstep in this process (speaking from experience), so go slowly. You only get one shot with the query for the book.

I've got 17 versions of my query for my novel. I've sent out 15 query letters total (Two others got lost in the spam filters, and I haven't re-queried.) Out of those 17 versions, #3 and #16 got requests to read more. The rest either brought immediate rejection or total silence.

I finally, finally feel like I've got a good letter and plan to start another round (5-6 letters) in the next couple of days. But I'll still test that version on my second-tier agents first. If it gets a good response, then I push it quickly to some of my top tier choices.

*sigh* This is a very slow business.

JeanneG
Title: Re: How do you go about organizing your agent list?
Post by: Kimmy on May 06, 2010, 01:18:52 PM
I have three versions and all three got requests, but the most came from my second version.  SO I just sent out 12 since last Friday.  No responses yet.  Its killing me!  I did like 2 this day, 3 that day, another 1 the next day, that sort of thing; now I am trying to hold back my trigger finger so I dont send out much more till I get a response or two.  Once I get responses, i send out more.
Title: Re: How do you go about organizing your agent list?
Post by: meddyK on May 06, 2010, 01:55:38 PM
My current WIP I queried 16 people, a mix of different agents--powerhouse, mid-level, and low on the list. Got one partial and one full, both rejected. I got another few beta readers at that time and realized I had a lot of work still to do. Been revising for about 2-3 months now. During that time, one more agent from that batch requested a full. I told her I was in revisions, and she's waiting for me to finish.

So, yeah, like everyone else says--don't rush it!