I’m a big fan of Querytracker.net. It makes the business of keeping track of the queries you send out actually manageable. There is also the querytracker.net blog which has a wealth of information for writers and those seeking agents. Today Mary Lindsey wrote about how important it is that you do your homework before sending out a query – even when you are using Querytracker – in her article “Research Before Hitting Send“. It’s well worth reading and coming back to on a regular basis.
What’s in a name?
I think we have established that agents are busy people. Very. Busy. People. Having said that, most of them want to read a well-crafted query because it could be the start of a beautiful relationship. But if you don’t send your query to the right person, or misspell their name, or use the wrong method to submit, then you are making it so much harder for them to want to read what you have sent them.
Do you have any rituals that you do before sending off queries?
Come on, I won’t judge! After once sending a query to an agent with COMPLETELY THE WRONG NAME ON IT because I had used the same query twice and forgot to change the name, I always quadruple check that the email address and the name at the top of the email match up. And if I do anything more, like offer up a quick prayer or pat the dog’s head three times then there is no proof of that. No proof at all.