Do you ever wonder if sending in your crown jewel during the ‘call for submissions’ period at an agency could be the wrong move? There are 2 ways to look at it.
- The odds of my story getting lost to the ‘slush pile’ just shot through the roof. The chances that the agent reading my query has spent an entire day reading through query after query is increased significantly during this time period. Certainly the psychologically exhausted and physically weary agent reading my query at this time is more likely to overlook MY story/query while in a ‘query trance’…OR
- My opportunity to stand out amongst the throngs of poor queries is actually improved exponentially at this time. Afterall, the ‘query trance’ must allow the agent sifting through the queries to gain invaluable perspective (or merely re-visit the perspective that they know so well) on a good query vs. a poor one. Alas, a story that holds potential for their agency or not.
Being the cynical writer I often assume that my lonely query is somehow never read at all but lost in cyberspace along with my dreams of writing full-time….poor me. The rejections (and occasional requests for my entire novel) let me know that cyberspace has not consumed my attempts but continues to work as it should (most of the time).
How do you time your submissions? Are you careful to submit during the valuable ‘call for submissions’ period or do you bide your time and submit when things are less chaotic for an agency?
Keep on writing!