Not Accepting Queries Until Further Notice
I’ve been reassessing my client list and workload lately, and have had to make some tough decisions. I’ve decided to stop accepting queries until further notice. This could be two months or it could be the rest of the year.
It’s imperative that I take good care of the clients I already have, and the constant barrage of possible new clients threatens to distract me from this goal. The need to respond to them steals time I could be using to service my clients. Right now, I’m unlikely to take on any new clients; therefore, it seems best to avoid giving writers unrealistic expectations by taking their queries.
I will consider the queries I already have, as well as referrals from people I know (authors, agents and editors in the business). I’m also attending two writers’ conferences this fall, and will give strong consideration to the writers I meet there:
American Christian Fiction Writers, September 17-20 in Indianapolis
South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, October 22-24 in Myrtle Beach
So until further notice, I won’t accept queries beyond today. I still have a lot of queries in my box awaiting my response, so if you’ve sent one, please be patient.
Q4U: What hard choices have you had to make in order to maintain your quality of life and do well at your most important jobs?
P.S. In case you’re wondering – yes, blogging, teaching webinars and attending conferences also take up my time. I’ve decided that for various reasons, those are important to keep in my schedule, so I’m making changes in other areas.
(c) 2010 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent