Q03: Query History

(This question is part of a larger subseries called Perpetual WIPs: Agented Writers. For the remaining questions, see here.)

How many mss had you queried prior to the one that got your agent?

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One, and it came very close for [my agent] too. She sent me a fantastic editorial letter for it, and I kind of beat my head against the wall b/c it was SO CLOSE. But we connected with my second manuscript, and she’s expressed she wants me to rewrite the first one b/c she really liked it so… yay!

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None–this was the first one I wrote and the first one I queried.

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Two, but the first one was NA before that concept even existed and despite the really nice responses, it was obvious before I’d even sent 10 queries that I shouldn’t bother, so that was brief. I queried the second one for over a year, though.

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None. I wrote two books before this one but decided not to query them.

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None. (as per multiple writers)

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Two prior. This was the third.

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Two, and with one of those I landed a different agent, though said agent shopped a third manuscript. The current ms that landed my new agent is my fourth that I’ve queried (7th I’ve written).

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None, but I’d written two others before this one.

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I’ve only written, in full, one ms and that was the one that landed an agent. Shocking, I know. Many writers I meet make it on their third or fourth ms. That said, [my ms] was not the first book I started writing or my first full book that I plot outlined. I had three WIPs to choose from and, looking at the trends of books on the shelves and from my personal marketing experience, decided to finish and query my horror first.

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One- but it was a first effort and I really had no business querying it!

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