Monday, March 19, 2012
Newbie Writing Mistakes Monday--KEEP TRACK OF QUERIES!
This post is going to be short & sweet, because a) the time change, combined with allergy-induced asthma, has brewed the perfect storm of sleep-loss for me, and b) this is an easy one--you probably already do it!
Here it is: Keep Good Records of Agents You've Queried.
When I queried my first book, I figured it would get picked up by the first agent who read it (shockingly, this DID NOT happen). I would write agents I was querying down in a little notebook that was already over-run with my passwords for various online sites. So it was totally disorganized, with information everywhere (and in every direction, too!).
I revamped my query, with the help of my friend Diane (who I call my PRE-agent). We were ready for round two of querying. Problem was, she wanted a list of agents I'd already queried.
Ummm...yeah. So I had to pick my way around my junky, disorganized notebook. Thank goodness for G-mail's "Sent mail" folder! At least I recognized most of the names of agents I'd queried already, and was able to get a somewhat-comprehensive list together.
I know there are some cool websites out there, including Query Tracker (http://querytracker.net/index.php) that help you keep track of who you're querying. But if you want to go more low-tech, I'd recommend that you at least buy a new notebook!
Toward the end of my agent hunt, I opened a gmail document, listing all the agents. Every time I'd send a new query, I'd add that agent's name to the list. For each response, I'd add comments in bold, like "FULL" for full MS requests, or "NO" in bold, for those who chose to refuse me. For one agent, I even wrote "NO--AND DO NOT EVER ASK AGAIN!" (I was a little ticked).
Short and sweet, there it is!
***How about you? I know you're more organized than I am! What do you find is the best way to keep track of agents?***