Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The query debate

Here is something I asked a while ago--When is the best time to query? What I got was mixed, but I did get don't do it around the holidays, which makes sense. Yes, the holidays are approaching fast, and, well, as much as I like them, I want them over. You heard me. They are joyous and all that, sorry for sounding like scrooge, but I need to move on. I want to get out there in the trenches good or bad. I still have work to do, I know, but if I get it to where I want it to be, I feel like I have to wait till next year due to the holidays. Blah. So do I wait till January? February? Don't tell me March.

 I know I shouldn't be pressuring myself with a deadline. Learn and strengthen, but life's circling around me like a tornado, making me dizzy. I want to go into a cave (with electricity, heat, and a bathroom) and shut the world out. I know what has to be done, I see it, it's finding the time to do it without interruption. It's like when you get towards the end of an awesome book. You have about 10-20 pages left and you're in the heat of the final scene and you keep getting interrupted, but you just want to finish. Yeah, that's how I'm feeling.  I guess I want to feel apart of the whole thing, a little validated. I also don't want to miss an opportunity. I know, stupid, right? Everyone goes through this and I will get there. Do it right. Don't compare yourself. I know. I know.  I guess this picture sums up my feeling.

I've got my mindset in check, just some natural feelings poke through now and again. So, my blog posts may be here or there. I'm going into that posh cave I was talking about. I need to shut myself out. I have a few posts that are scheduled, but I may be M.I.A. for a while. I know I said this before, but I need to focus.

So, my question out of all of that nonsense--If I finish in a rather soonish manner, should I wait till next year to query? If it's next year, which I'm pretty sure will be the case, how soon after the new year should I start?

Have a great day!


  1. Okay, the question for me is -- what are you finishing? The book? The edits? Revisions?

    If you are finishing any of that, you have to wait. You want the best possible final product you have BEFORE you query. Because if you send one out and the agent requests a full on a query (like it happened to me) and you're not ready, you'll look inept. (#totalfail)

    If you're ready to go with everything, send them out now before Thanksgiving. On average you have about 3 months (depending on the agent - some are very quick, some are very slow) for a query to be recieved, read, and requested or rejected. So what ever you send out now, would probably get back to you BEFORE the holidays.

    If on the other hand, you're waiting, I'd say around January 15th is the best time. Then you're pretty much good until May.

  2. I'm in the same situation. I'll be finished my current round of edits next week, then I need to incorporate comments from other beta reader. The timing sucks because I'm going away in November, so I won't be able to send my wip out to the final round until I get back (after I edit it one more time). By the time I hear from my beta readers and edit according to their comments, I'm looking at December as my query start date. Not great. So I'm going to not touch the book until January (aka give it distant), and go though it one final time before querying in the new year. :D

  3. If you happened to completely finish revisions by mid November, I would say go ahead and query. Any time later than that and I would suggest waiting until at least mid January.

  4. Hmm, I don't know. I would avoid December and early January, but otherwise, if you really want it out there, I say send it!

  5. I'm with Matthew and Nicole. Make sure the manuscript is polished and then query, but not in December. I just sent out a query for my latest WIP. I spent more time revising it than writing it!

  6. I'm going to go against the grain here and say the month doesn't matter--hell, I've gotten a R date stamped New Year's Eve before! They are still gonna get to your query, holiday or not!

    But I do agree with the advice to put distance between yourself and the edits, so you look with fresher eyes!

    Good luck!

  7. If the book is finished and is the very best it can be, then query. It doesn't matter what time of year it is.

  8. I think writers should query whenever their book is ready...unless, of course, the agent requests that you don't send a query during a certain time period. Also, I wouldn't query ON a holiday.

  9. I wouldn't shoot for anytime after November for two reasons 1) Holiday hours/closures and 2)the Post Nanowrimo surge