My stats with agents are pretty low. 40 rejections, only two requests. I already suspected I was doing something wrong, but then another author emailed me and said, “To be blunt, if you're getting such a low request rate, your query still needs work.” At least he's honest.
I feel stupid, because I know one mistake I made: everyone says to send your queries in batches of no more than ten at a time. If you don’t get any responses, you’re supposed to rework your material before sending another batch.
But I didn’t think anything needed to be reworked. I’ve already had people help me with my query and my first chapters, and I thought they were perfect.
So I sent out all my queries at once. I modified each one to fit the agent, of course. I just didn’t see the point in waiting. I keep saying that we can never see our own flaws and we should always be open to criticism and improvement, but I haven't practiced what I preach.
It’s most likely a problem with the query, but it could also be a problem with whom I submit to, how I submit, or worst of all, the story itself. While I’m willing to accept that all of that can be approved on, I don’t understand how any of it could be so wrong that literally no one is interested in me.
This has certainly been humbling.
I’m going to get more writers to critique my query – as many people as humanly possible – and try again. Unfortunately, I’ve already sent my query to so many agents, I’m afraid I might not be able to find anyone else to send it to. Almost all of my favorite agents have already said no.Teralyn Rose Pilgrim