Early Warning: Closing to Queries for the Summer

May 11th, 2012 • Kate

I’m still going through recent queries — I’ve responded to everything before April 21st, and most queries before May 7th — but for those of you that may still be revising, or polishing your material, I wanted to send out an early notice that I will be closing to queries for the summer, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Any queries that come in during that time will be deleted unread.

So just what WILL I be doing this summer? Spending some time reading partials and fulls I’ve already requested, or those that come in between now and the end of the month, as well as client material. I’d also love to get back to blogging more regularly, including reinstating my weekly About My Query posts. I’m also doing a lot of traveling, to BEA, Comic-Con, and Leaky Con, not to mention hoping to find some time with my family.

I’ll put up another reminder as we get closer to Memorial Day, but for those of you that are close to ready to query, consider this your two-week warning.

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7 Responses to “Early Warning: Closing to Queries for the Summer”

  1. Megan R Says:

    Question. I'm polishing my ms. Should be done in early to mid-June… just after you close to queries. My query letter is ready. Should I send it? IF you were to request a partial, I'd have a polished ms ready for mid-June. I would just really hate to miss the window and wait until Labor Day…. :o/

  2. DaphneUn Says:

    I always recommend that you wait to query until your full manuscript is polished and ready. September isn't THAT far away!

  3. Tamara Says:

    Hi hi!

    Can you please clarify those dates for us non-US (other hemisphere) residents? Thank you!

    (Also, nooooooo, must… finish… polishing…. GAH!)

    Thanks 🙂

  4. Megan R Says:


    Memorial Day is May 28th, and Labor Day is September 3rd.

    And thanks, Daphne, for answering my question. You're right, September isn't too far off. Besides, to be a writer is to be a waiter, right? 🙂

  5. Kristin Rae Says:

    I appreciate the updates here and on Twitter about your query inbox status. I resent mine this week since the first was back in April and I fear it didn't go through. Please keep us posted as it gets closer to your cut-off, because if this resend didn't go through either I'm making a new email account somewhere other than gmail! 🙂

  6. kimberlyafe Says:

    Wahoo. I am ready and just double checked your submissions. 🙂

  7. Kristi Says:

    Oh thank GOODNESS for this warning. I've been close to querying but wanted to finish my latest round of edits first. This post just gave me the motivation I need to buckle down this weekend!!! 🙂

    And spending some extra quality time with your family over the summer sounds like an excellent plan. 🙂