Quarterly Status Report

July 19th, 2010 • Kate

numbersGetting closer to caught up on my queries, and I wanted to give you guys the most recent quarterly status report. From April 1st to June 31st, I received about 1,560 queries. That’s an increase of roughly 20% from the first quarter of 2010, when I received 1,297 queries. From that number, I asked for partials on 16 manuscripts, and passed on all of them.

Now, I’ll admit those aren’t the most encouraging of numbers at first glance, unless you consider them this way — after not asking for any fulls for three whole months, don’t you think I’m eager to find something truly great? Maybe your manuscript will be it!

Also, I’m giving you guys a very early warning. I’m going to be closed to queries next year from January through March, at least. With the impending arrival of the newest little intern here at kt literary and the Unfeasible/Implausible household, I want to devote the time I will have to work to my current clients only, and won’t be looking at new material. So if you’re working on something now and had given yourself a deadline of the end of the year to polish it for submissions, consider either pushing your deadline up a bit (if you want to send it to me), or be willing to wait until April 2011 or so.

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19 Responses to “Quarterly Status Report”

  1. Lorelie Brown Says:

    Peers closely between the lines….Does that mean congratulations are in order? If so, yay! If not, I'm off to suck down some more caffeine. πŸ˜‰

  2. Kate Says:

    Yes, indeed! Thanks, Lorelie!

  3. Jess Says:

    Yay!!! great news! Congratulations!!!

  4. Sandra Cormier (Chum Says:

    Congrats on the impending arrival of the little intern!

  5. Beth Cato Says:

    Congratulations on the forthcoming little intern! Such a sweet way to describe them, too.

  6. A.L. Sonnichsen Says:

    Oh, a little intern! Congratulations!!

    I'm expecting a little writing assistant in January, too. Maybe they'll work together someday. πŸ™‚

    Best wishes!


  7. Sophie Jo Warner Says:

    Awww congrats! Looks like I need to get my query whipped into shape ASAP!

  8. Amy W. Says:

    Hope things work out with the new intern. It'd be a shame to have to tell someone that small that "I just don't think we're a good fit for each other."


  9. Krista V. Says:

    Congrats, Kate. And this is good to know. (My WIP will likely be query-able sometime this fall or winter, and when you tweeted about your pregnancy, I wondered how that would affect your query status.)

    P.S. If your little intern is due in January, you should shoot for the 20th. It's the best birthday of all:)

  10. Red Boot Pearl Says:

    Huzzah–that's exciting! Baby news is in the air, I just found my friend is having a c-sections tonight. I'm typing as fast as I can so I can get back to my WIP, almost done revising…

  11. Sonia Says:

    Congratulations! : )

  12. Susan Says:

    I'm concerned your new intern may rip our manuscripts to shreds. And then eat the shreds.

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  14. Lara Ruth Says:

    I've been following you over on Twitter – had to pop outta my silence to say congrats πŸ™‚

    And looks like I need to finally get my query en route!

  15. Holen Says:

    Congratulations! That's probably the best reason for closing to queries that there is πŸ™‚

  16. Rissa Watkins Says:

    Congratulations! So exciting. Sounds like you are in your 2nd trimester then and have survived the dreaded morning sickness.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  17. Dot Says:

    AWESOME!! Congratulations, Kate!

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