Today marks my 5th agentversary. Here's my post from last year on the subject. And this one from two years ago has the tale of how I became an agent and the story of the first book I ever sold.
So you know, I've already done the wordy thing. This year I did a bit of number-crunching instead. Depending on your POV, this'll be either deadly boring or geekily interesting - if the former, forgive me, please do skip it. Here's 2012 by the numbers:
In 2012, I got approximately 4200 queries (an average of 80 per week). I didn't actually count this part, but I'm gonna take an educated guess and say about half were not even in genres I represent, were not addressed to me, were barely in English, had attachments or otherwise didn't follow submission guidelines, and thus were automatic deletes. (In other words: if you are following guidelines and subbing the correct material, you're already in the top 50%!)
So let's call it about 2000 viable queries. Of those, I took on seven new clients (aka, .35%).Of those, two were total
slush-puppies and debuts (one of which I signed right away, one after a
revise-and-resubmit). Two were referrals (one previously published, one not). One I knew in real life from
SCBWI (previously published). One I met on twitter, then in real life, before she queried me (previously published).
One, another debut, I knew in real life from my old bookstore job! Of the seven new clients, four are debuts, six have have deals done or in progress, and one I haven't yet sent out.
In 2012, I sold 14 YA, 9 MG, 6 PB.
Of these, seven were debuts: Three YA and two each MG and PB.
This also marked the year I sold my 100th* title. I'm at 103 now (46 of which have been released), and the breakdown is:
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN?
I guess that I work with totally awesome authors and illustrators, that books are still selling, that good stories are still finding readers, and that it was a very busy and very productive 2012. So let's do it again in 2013!
Wishing you time to read, inspiration to write, and much happiness in the coming year. :-)
*I'm not counting foreign sales, subrights sales or
sales where I rep both the author and illustrator - that would get way too complicated. Each book only