As many readers might know, I was trying a ‘test batch’ strategy with my queries this time around. I think I have been thwarted.
I’m hearing crickets. Predominantly that is all I’m hearing. So, do I rewrite my query? Do I sigh and say my idea isn’t marketable? Or do I take the brakes off, and see what happens?
I decided to take the brakes off.
This might lead me to a whole bunch of ‘no’ landing in my inbox. Ok, I can deal with that. What I’m wondering is have my queries been stuck in a good many ‘maybe’ piles or am I running into a wall of ‘silent nos’?
That’s one other way a ‘silent no’ disserves the querying author, it breeds doubt. Readers might say, but the agency has an ‘if you haven’t heard from us in x days’ line on their website. In many cases, there are posted deadlines where a query should be considered ‘dead’ but not in every case. Sometimes finding that information is a hunt. Plus there are times when the agents are so overwhelmed that they may not reach your query within four months. Shocking, I know.
This isn’t the situation to throw all caution, and queries to the wind, so I won’t do that. However, I do have a lot of research that points in other directions. So, rather than waiting for all those responses to arrive, when they might never do so, I have decided to put more queries out there.
Good decision, bad decision? I don’t know. But, at least, it is a decision.