September Stats… and a Q4U
What a month! More queries than ever before, but amazingly, I’m keeping up with them. If you’ve sent me an email query and I haven’t responded, that means I don’t have it, so please try again. If you’ve sent a hardcopy via U.S. mail (in which case you’re probably not reading my blog), I haven’t responded. Those are stacked up awaiting my attention.
In addition to the regular queries through mail and email, I was pitched approximately 30 new projects during my meetings at ACFW. So this month’s stats include those numbers.
If you’ve sent me a partial or proposal, this is where I’m behind. It may still take me some time to get back to you. I apologize for the delay, but that’s just the way it is. Be sure to let me know if you get another agent or receive a publisher offer on your own.
Now for the September Stats:
(keep in mind there is a small margin of error here… hard to keep exact counts!)
Submissions received in September: 616
Queries unanswered in my inbox: ZERO as of now (but that will change in a matter of moments, I’m sure.)
Partials & fulls I requested: around 20 (That’s about 3%, so you can see why I said the 15% rate of partials requested from writers I met at ACFW was fairly high.)
Book deals announced on Publishers Marketplace: 2
The number of queries this month has really got me thinking. I’m continually impressed with how many people not only write books, but pursue publication. I know how hard it is to write a book… and still, so many of you out there are doing it, day in and day out, on top of your jobs and families, for little or no pay… wow. What a testatment to… something. The human spirit wanting to connect with others maybe? And getting published is even harder than writing a book, it seems. Yet so many of us persist. How amazing.
I guess it shouldn’t be surprising to me. I, too, persist. It’s hard to find just the right books amongst all the writers I meet through queries and conferences. Yet I keep searching, always hoping that the next one will be something I can fall in love with.
We are all in this together… those of us who love books and writing and reading. Let’s not let the difficulties and the long odds get us down. Let’s keep doing what we do. I still love it!
(Today’s question posed by Rosslyn Elliot.)
In publishing as in all aspects of life, it takes effort and mental discipline to keep a positive attitude toward one’s work and one’s peers. I’d like to hear from other readers what we all do to remain upbeat and wholesome in our thinking. Your comments might be useful for any of us who are experiencing a period of discouragement.
I’d love to hear your response. Have a good weekend!