When is the right time of year to query an agent?

Answer: whenever your book is ready!

The only time you shouldn’t query an agent is when they’re closed to queries, and some agents never close. (Note: PSLA closes from Christmas to New Years Day.)

Don’t waste your time waiting for the ‘okay’ to query.

Some people say don’t query during certain months or holidays, but agents read all queries, and generally in the order they’re received. So if you query on a Sunday night we don’t read it on a Sunday. We’ll read it at noon the next Thursday.

Don’t give yourself an extra excuse to get that project out the door!

Q: What excuses do you tell yourself to stop you from querying?

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.

14 thoughts on “When is the right time of year to query an agent?

  1. “Q: What excuses do you tell yourself to stop you from querying?”

    It’s not ready yet! This agent will reject it! Oh, the paranoid thoughts.

    Thanks for the short and concise post. Many a times I heard: Don’t query nearing the holidays. That’s going to change.


  2. I heard from an ex NY literary agent (now coach) that you should never query two days before or after a major holiday because some agents are trying to clear their inbox to get away for the holiday. The same applies for their return. They are backed up and therefore are more likely to reject multiple queries to clear their inbox. Is this not true? It made sense to me. After all, agents are human too. :)


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