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Offline Kimmy

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Querying 'top' agents - when to query?
« on: January 19, 2010, 07:38:15 PM »
I was wondering, I have read 2 differing opinions on this.  Some say to query your top 10 first, others say wait till you see your query is working.  So when is a good time to query agents you consider to be first choice?  I really dont have my heart set on anyone specific; all I want is an agent I can work well with and someone who likes my story as much as I do.  So what say you, QT gurus?
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Re: Querying 'top' agents - when to query?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2010, 08:03:47 PM »
Top choices do not always remain your top choices after you speak with them.  Follow your heart, Kimmy.  There is no right answer. The thing you want to be sure of is that you aren't blowing your chances with a bad query.  Based on the fact that you've had several requests based on your recent version, you should query with confidence. 

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Re: Querying 'top' agents - when to query?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 08:07:35 PM »
With both my projects I query mostly from the top down. But this time I made triple sure my MS (thanks to beta readers) and query (thanks to you guys) were polished to the max. I also spent extra time researching agents for a few weeks in advance and made a list of ones that seemed like the best fit for my project. I resisted all temptation to query them before my material was ready and came up with a strategy on which ones to query first and how many days to space between queries.
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Re: Querying 'top' agents - when to query?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010, 10:31:47 PM »
I was wondering, I have read 2 differing opinions on this.  Some say to query your top 10 first, others say wait till you see your query is working.  So when is a good time to query agents you consider to be first choice?  I really dont have my heart set on anyone specific; all I want is an agent I can work well with and someone who likes my story as much as I do.  So what say you, QT gurus?

I am not a guru, but since your query is working, build a list and go for it. There are a lot of great literary agents seeking new talent. I imagine you would work well with any of them.

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Re: Querying 'top' agents - when to query?
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2010, 07:29:02 AM »
Thanks for that extra PS Nostra!
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Re: Querying 'top' agents - when to query?
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2010, 09:13:19 AM »
Hey Kimmy,
If you're not 100% sure your query is really working, or that your MS isn't the best it could be, then I'd still save some of those top agents for later. I think I made the mistake of blowing through many top agents before I realized (too late, and after agent feedback) that my MS wasn't in the best shape as I thought. I thought it was, but in retrospect I can see it wasn't. My query was pretty good. I had a better than average response rate according to QT stats.
Next time I'm going to query in batches with mixes of different levels of agents.
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Re: Querying 'top' agents - when to query?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010, 08:33:05 PM »
Make a list of around 100 agents.  Mark them a 1 (best match) a 5 (seem good) or a 10 (still great agent but nothing amazing stuck out-shot in the dark basically).  Then send queries.  Start off with a batch of 10.  A few from each group.  When one comes back, send out another.  If you're getting a lot of requests, send a higher percentage of 1's and 5's. 

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