The weekend was incredibly productive for me. I was able to get a lot of queries read from Friday to Sunday. Keep in mind, I did not look at requested material that may have come through via email, but simply unsolicited query letters. I was about a week behind in my reading, which means that some things might have been a week old, but nothing had been sitting in my in-box any longer than that and, frankly, most of what I read was between 5 and 7 days old. In other words, this was roughly 2 to 3 days' worth of queries.
In those 3 days I read 79 submissions. The sad thing about that is that I sill have over 100 queries sitting in my in-box.
- Of those 79 I rejected 73.
- I requested 5 partials and 1 full (the author had wisely included about 3 to 5 pages in her query).
- I received 2 queries that told me a great deal about the author and her background, but nothing about the book (other than title).
- 2 queries I forwarded to either Jacky or Kim because, while I rejected them, I thought Jacky or Kim might have some interest.
- 2 authors sent the letter and/or other materials as an attachment rather than in the body of the email, while 5 authors sent no letter, simply author name, title, genre, and the synopsis. I really prefer a letter.
- Only 11 of the 79 queries were nonfiction.
- 3 were sent to my assistant instead of me and needed to be forwarded
- 4 of the emails were simply asking questions about a previous rejection, submission policies, or something else publishing-related.
- And last, 2 of the emails, both from the same person, were haranguing me for giving advice on writing a stronger query, called me stupid (among other things), and told me point-blank that all authors are superior to me. Interesting weekend reading.
I feel pretty good about my weekend. You? How was your weekend?