As is my usual procedure, I’ll be closing to queries over the holidays so that I can spend time getting caught up on reading I’ve already requested, and so that I don’t come back to work in 2012 with a backlog already in place. With that said, the final day to send your query for review this year will be Friday, December 16th. Any queries received after the 16th will be deleted unread. I’ll reopen for queries on Monday, January 9th.
BEA was hectic, of course, and after getting through the most pressing follow-up I needed to do, I’m left with a giant (metaphorical) pile of reading to do. Here’s the problem, though — the more material I have on a project, the longer it takes me to read. Well, sure, that only makes sense. But follow along with me here for a sec — a query which contains a letter and about three pages of text takes about five minutes to read, roughly. At the moment, I have about 80 unread queries after clearing them all out just last week. Then I’ve got the partials I requested — the first five chapters of books that intrigue me, which each take about 45 minutes to an hour to read, sometimes less. Say about 45 of those. Then there’s the full manuscripts — either the first time I’m seeing a full, or a revision of a full that I requested that I need to give my full attention. I’ve got about ten of those waiting patiently for my eyes.