Monday, July 21, 2008

For All The Queries I've Sent Before

I'm back! I had a fantabulous time. Now I settle into life once again, ready for my youngest's third birthday in two days, and the one month left before kindergarten begins...

Meanwhile, my agent search is still in full swing.



This morning I got to thinking about my method for storing the details of my search. And it seems to be working well. One thing I do is make a list, with good old-fashioned pen and notebook, of all outgoing queries. I jot simple notes with the date sent and to whom it went. In addition, I've created two new folders for my e-mail account. "Queries Out" holds all those I've sent off, and so far my responses have been shifted into the "Rejections" folder. It's proven a good way to keep them categorized, and at easy access. So far I've only had one snail-mail attempt, and I sent myself an e-mail with the agency/agent info and date, so I could file it, as well. (It made the journey to Rejection.)

For those who have done the query thing, how did you manage your information? If you're nearing readiness for querying, how will you do it? And then, of course, I can't forget those of you who are non-writers: What good organizational tips can you give?

6 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

I still have not managed to pry my latest baby from my edit wear hands to send it out. But soon. Very soon.

WendyCinNYC said...

I'm not sure how I'll organize that information. Whatever method I choose always seems to change by the time I'm in the situation, anyway.

Knowing me, I'll probably do a spreadsheet.

Janna Qualman said...

Good luck, Travis.

All hail the spreadsheet!

Joshua said...

i usually have a team of midgets manage my paper work, but thats just me. Welcome back cuz. :)

Janna Qualman said...

You with your midgets, and Mike with his worker monkeys.

Melanie Avila said...

Right now I have all the agents I'm researching in a word document - one page each. I have each name marked so I can click through them in the table of contents feature.

I'm sure I'll do something similar once I start querying. Plus the email folder thing. :)