This month, on July 31st, my first novel, Pushing the Limits, will debut with Harlequin Teen.
And WOW…what a ride it has been.
To celebrate my upcoming release, I thought I’d share with our YA Fusion readers something I’ve never talk about before: my statistics for Pushing the Limits.
Agents Queried: 41
*Note: I tried to query agents that not only accepted the query letter but also a small sample of my writing. I also tried to avoid agents that wanted a synopsis upfront as I suck at writing a synopsis.
Queries Written: 2
Queries Out With Agents at All Times: 5
Agents Queried with First Query Letter: 5
Agents Queried with Second Query Letter: 36
Personal Rejections off query and sample pages (often a note telling me that contemporary was a hard sell, but they liked my voice and asked to keep me in mind for future projects): 2
Requests for Manuscript: 8
Offers for Representation: 1
Kevan Lyon was the first agent to offer me representation on Pushing the Limits and I accepted. I actually had the manuscript still out with several agents and I had two more requests for fulls come in the week that Kevan contacted me. (Those 2 requests are not included in the above statistics.)
On a personal note, I did what was best for me and my manuscript by immediately accepting representation and have never regretted it, but I often advise others who are offered representation to talk to the other agents who have their manuscripts and shop around.
So, I’m opening the floor up to questions. Is there anything you’d like to know about the querying stage of the publishing process? If so, ask your question in the comment space below and I’ll try to answer your question this week.