Evening strange mutants of the internet,
Tonight I have been deeply engaged in what Jay Lake would call, WRPA, which I recall as “Writing related professional activities.” It could also mean, “Writers readily procrastinate avidly,” In this case I have been productive sending out submissions for my alternate historical fantasy, The Gears of the Earth, to agents.
I have a list of 100 top-selling agents and I have read about each of them and their agencies. My process involves working my way down the list and making a call about the agent/agency based on a number of criteria. In many cases they are not open to submission or they are only taking snail-mail queries.
Once I sort through the ones that I think might actually be interested in my product I go through the various hoops the require to send it in. It is interesting the variety of desired information and formats that agents ask for in a submission. It is a necessary but tedious task for someone at my place in my writing career. (At least I think so, I know about self-publishing but I am not interested now.)
Tell me about your query process.
Moist cake soaked in rum,