Good Morning. I hope everyone has had a great start to their weekend.
So today I am starting some tweaks on my manuscript while watching SouthLAnd. Probably not a good idea since I have a habit of typing what I hear. Once I replaced "face" with "family". My poor crit partner. I feel for her.
I also liked to say thanks to all the people who sent their congrats. I really appreciate it! Some news regarding Half-Blood. The tentative launch date is September 2011, possibly the 15th if all goes well. As it grows near that time, we hope to have some teasers up, sample chapters, awesome contests and free giveaways. There should be an official website coming soon and all that good stuff.
Some of your asked to see the "winning" query. I had about 20 versions of this sucker, I kid you not. The very first query I ever wrote for my very first novel I thought I could sell came in at a whopping 477 words. Yes, 477 words. That was before I found the Query Tracker forums and all the wonderful blogging gurus out there.
My second query for an adult novel, which received some requests and still is out there is agent land came in at 305 words.
Almost all my queries for my third novel, Half-Blood, usually came in around 150-181 words. My stats for this query or variations of it, 85 queries, 38 rejects, 2 requests for partials, 8 requests for fulls, 1 request to rewrite as an adult novel, and 1 offer. I have no idea what those statistics truly mean, but to help you put it into perspective, I am still receiving rejects.
Queries really are subjective. I know, the dreaded 'subjective' but it's true. And not just with agents, but also editors and crit members.
Now, it's rare that an editor is open to queries but that is why you scour the internet for those random moments when they are open to submissions if you have exhausted your agent list or want to move past an agent.
Anywho, here is the query. Even now, there are things I want to change about it. Things I could improve.