We’re coming up on the fifth anniversary of KT Literary in the New Year, which means almost five years of posts about publishing, querying, clients, and all the stuff I could find to write about on this here ole blog. Now, chances are, most of you reading now are not the same readers who followed me in the beginning, but much of the advice may indeed be the same. So starting on Saturday, December 22nd, I’m diving into the archives for a series of posts I ran about in 2008. So stay tuned!
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.