2012 Query Stats and My 2013 Wishlist

128634Another year, another query stats update!
Queries received:

Approximately 6,000 (Yes, we look at all of them…)

Partial manuscript requests:

189 (I looked at a lot of partials because I was building my list. Anything that I thought had potential to be a fit with me I requested.)

Full manuscript requests:

30 (These were the select few that I was enjoying enough to read more of or have our agency assistant or intern do a readers report on.)

Projects offered on but lost to another agent:

1 (I was sad about losing this one.)

Projects I tried to request but already accepted an offer:

3 (This was disappointing. I always want to know if an offer is on the table so I can get to it before the author makes any decisions.)

New clients from the slush pile:

7 (That’s a lot! I won’t be signing that many this coming year.)

I’ve been actively signing new clients for the past two years. My list is starting to fill up, but I’m always on the hunt for great YA, women’s fiction, upmarket non fiction, and the occasional picture book.

I look forward to your 2013 queries!

2013 Wishlist:

Upmarket non fiction – humour, health, wellness, cookbook, memoir

Picture books – high concept, children’s books

Women’s fiction – contemporary, romance, up-market, historical

Young adult – contemporary, historical, light fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, mystery

General fiction – literary thriller or mystery, stand alone

Query me at query (at) psliterary.com

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

11 thoughts on “2012 Query Stats and My 2013 Wishlist

  1. It’s intimidating to see it broken down by numbers! But it’s also motivation to continue improving my craft. Thanks for a great post.


  2. I’m so pleased to find you. Your no nonsense approach is refreshing and gives me insight into your side of the business. One problem is that I don’t have “years and years” to create my book. I have spent years in the craft of non-fiction already. My heart and pen is now into a fictional family saga that spans five generations. After two years I am still intrigued with the characters and story lines. I will continue to develop this story, and I will do my best to conform to the publishing standards. But my characters refuse to fit into a box. Or, perhaps it is me that resists being confined.


  3. I’ve only just found your blog, but I’m glad that I have.
    If you don’t think me too forward, I’ve 1st drafted a YA novello of 39,000 words. I don’t know if the concept is new or not, but each chapter is exactly 300 words. I call them ‘micro chapters’. It’s aimed at the 13-16 year old market and is written for boys. It is an adventure/sci-fi, and will consist of another 1 or 2 books to follow on the story.
    Do you think the concept is a good idea, as trends state that young boys are not as eager to pick a book and read it, that’s why I chose small chapters in hope of encouraging them.
    I’d appreciate any feedback you could give me, and if you’d like to take a look, I’ve posted 10 chapters on my blog – http://sarahneeve.wordpress.com/category/eight/
    If not, thank you for taking the time to read this long comment.


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