If you want to see your novel published, the querying process is one of the first challenges that you need to deal with effectively. I don’t have the numbers, and the estimates I have read vary so much that it’s difficult to pin the number of queries literary agents receive every day. I do know for sure they add up to a huge number. Irrespective of this number, the fact remains that the query determines whether your book project will proceed to the next stop or not. Here are a few posts from experts to supplement what I had written some days ago in a post: “On Querying”.Maya Rock who is now a freelance editor but was a former literary agent gives her tips on writing a query.
Chuck Sambuchino, who is on the staff of the Writer’s Digest has this interesting and informative guest post in The Write Life on querying literary agents, ” Your Top 9 Questions Answered.”
Assume you did query agents and got something which every writer gets at some time or the other: a rejection. What next?
It is common to ask whether one can re-query an agent of the same agency if you haven’t received a reply from them or even at times if you have been rejected by a particular agent. Rachelle Gardner has some tips on this issue which you might find encouraging.
As I mentioned before, you could write a book on querying since there is so much to write about. At the moment though, pick up what is most applicable to you from these tips. Best wishes in your querying efforts.