I am querying, in case you haven't gotten that far in this blog. And this, I've discovered, can be a very interesting process. And, if I'm willing to put my own self-esteem on the back burner, it can be pretty funny, In that ironic, what-they-heck-are-they-thinking kind of way.
Yesterday I was filling out one of those on-line submission forms (which I hate, by the way, because they don't allow you to personalize and tell the agent exactly why they are perfect for this project). This particular submission form, unlike most generic agency forms, was on a particular agent's page. Apparently each agent in the agency has a form on their own page, thus allowing you to query a specific agent instead of the agency as a whole. Which is a huge plus.
Except this form asked, at the end, if this was a multiple query.
I stared at this question for an impossibly long time. Did she possibly mean was I querying any other agent, anywhere? Surely not! Who only queries one agent at a time? If you are suppose to query 100 agents before you give up, I'd be dead before I got to 30 at the rate they are responding.
So I went with the logical conclusion and decided she meant, "Are you querying anyone else in this agency at the same time?" I checked no.
Then on the next agents' website, the submission guidelines read as follows:
"We usually respond in 6-9 weeks if we are interested. If you haven't heard back from us by that time, feel free to query elsewhere."
So maybe I should have checked yes? 40 times?