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New Adventures in QueryTracker Land

So, I’ve had an account on QueryTracker.net for about 4 years now, and they have two account options: free membership and premium membership for $25 a year. Last year, they did a bit of remodeling. Things were updated and moved around. Templates were changed. Anywho, I had a premium account for a couple of years because I’m crazy and like to stalk the internet and obsess about crap. However, I recently decided to stop being SUCH a nutball, so I went back to the regular membership to calm my happy butt down.

I assumed all of my stuff was where I left it. I even went in earlier this year to make sure my main list had everyone on it. Well, the other weekend, I went in to do some spring cleaning while I was in a good mood, and GUESS WHAT HAPPENED?! Before, I had like, 175 or so agents on my list. Guess how many I had when I checked in. I’ll tell you. 19. I lost over 150 agents because QueryTracker pulled a phantom list out of nowhere from 2013!!

Not kidding. 2013 was the year I wrote my beloved but terrible portal fantasy, got mad, and deleted almost all of my agents by accident (yes, it was an accident), and I had to start over from scratch. The accident part being that I didn’t know that when I deleted the portal fantasy, that all the agents on that list would also be deleted. Live and learn.

On one hand, I was like really annoyed. But on the other hand, a fresh start isn’t so bad. Problem is, there were a lot of agents on my list that have broad tastes, and now in order to get them back, I would have to dig into the email archives and do another pass at AgentQuery for anyone I may have been overlooking on QueryTracker (and AgentQuery isn’t as on top of their updates as QueryTracker, fyi).

Now, this isn’t to say that I’m committing 100% to querying, because I am 125% committed to only shipping out things I think shine brighter than the North Star. But should I have enough confidence in the current project when it’s done, I want to send some queries out. Ergo, a girl needs to be prepared. 🙂

So, it was a chore, rather fun at first (cause a girl likes organizing crap), but then it was tedious. It also took three days to look through the genres I needed to ping, and it was only two genres, there are just SO many fantasy agents that I have to look at every single blasted one to figure out who likes the lighter concept, darker toned paranormal subgenre of fantasy that I write, because paranormal doesn’t get its own tag. #hellolongsentence

I did all this so I could end up with 108 agents on my list and falling. Between the ones at the same agencies and the ones I still need to cut, I’m thinking I’m going to end up with around 60, maybe 70.

On one hand, it’s like I want to query everyone I can (mo’ queries, mo’ chances), but on the other hand, the last thing I want is to end up getting a super shiny offer from an agency only to find out that said agency sells stories to a publisher with a yahoo dot com email address and website that looks like this: greenbeanpress.blogspot.com. Like get a freaking domain name – they are cheap as crap. What kind of professional publisher doesn’t even have their own domain?

That is a legit description of an actual entity that is calling themselves a small press. Like no. I will print my story out and staple it and sell it on the corner of the library before I let someone like that touch my stuff. Seriously, I can draw you a better cover than what I saw on that site. Their stuff looked something a toddler made on the 1991 version of Microsoft Paint.

So, after I compiled my initial list of agents, I had to go through the list again and analyze the actual agencies. And I have found more stuff like that than I ever needed to see in my life. It doesn’t matter how much I think I like the agent or how perfect they may sound if all the books they sell are to a “publisher” who can’t even afford a $10 domain name. Not a ringing endorsement.

So, there’s a new lesson in life for the newbies out there: Do yer research, because there be some legit crap out there. I’ve seen other writers be really thorough like this, but I never thought to do it myself. Again: live and learn. There was an agent on my list that I was so exited about, only to look into their agency and see they only do romance. All kinds of romance, but the key words here is: romance. And this girl is not a romance writer. So, there were a few things like this as well.

In the meantime, I’m taking a break from scaring myself with agents until I have something finished. Zoom, zoom. 😀

You Tried…Now, It’s Over: A Monologue

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Dramatic Monologue

Or HOW TO NOT FALL APART WHEN YOU GO A-QUERYING Fortunately or Unfortunately, I am a query trench veteran. To the point where I see someone pontificating about how it’s their second or third time querying and getting all bent out of shape and I laugh. (But I sympathize inside.) In any case, back a… Continue Reading

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

Anyone who’s ever been in the query trenches knows that there’s a lot of waiting when it comes to the publishing world. Waiting on query replies. Waiting to hear back on manuscript requests. Waiting to go on submission. Waiting to hear news from going on submission. Waiting. It can be super tempting to check your… Continue Reading