- Sixteen hard-copy queries. Requested one immediately, set aside two to think about.
- Sixty-six e-queries. Requested fourteen. With a little math (somehow I remembered proportions), that's 21.2 percent. Are you kidding? That's amazing. Plus, fifteen more were good enough that they got a personal rejection. Wowza.
It's the end of August--so I would assume everyone out there would be wilting, frying, burning, vacationing, iced-coffee-ing--swinging lazily in hammocks with lemonade, SPF, perhaps an issue of Saveur (have you seen their roasted beet and garlic tart?)--and yet there is so much good work.
I don't think I've ever seen so many good queries and partials in the office at one time before. This is both wonderful (I can't wait to read them) and terrifying (what if someone else with a smaller reading pile gets to them first?). It's the first time I've actually wished for an electronic reading device, so that I can carry them everywhere. Park and manuscripts? Yes, please.
Several of you have asked about a typical day. I will get on that shortly. But here's today so far:
9 am: Reading work email at home.
10 am: Arrive in office's neighborhood. Tea time: Lady Grey.
10:30: Put out series of small fires in email.
10:55: Running, face-first dive into pile of queries.
10:57: Decide to count queries, as it's a very large number. How many today?
I won't even tell you how many manuscripts came in--if I do, I may go into a small panic.
And from the looks of them--they're really, really good.