Another year, another query stats update!
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!
If you don’t know these terms yet, you will hear a lot about them in 2012:
Transparency is going to be a big feature of publishing in 2012. Traditional publishers are shirking Amazon’s vague operations by implementing portals for authors to check sales data and other information. See this NYT article for more about this feature in 2012.
With Oprah’s book club gone and broadsheet newspapers minimizing books coverage how are readers going to hear about your fantastic fiction? They need to be able to find it. Seems simple? It’s not. There are hundreds of thousands of books published in English each year. Use metadata, co-ops for front of store placement, author blog tours and other innovative methods of publicity to lead readers to discover your work. This is not only the publisher’s job. This is your job as a writer in 2012. From the recent FutureBook conference: “Discoverability starts with awareness and moves through attention and desire before action is taken to buying a book. This can be almost instant online. Personally, if I see a tweet recommending a book or from an author I network with, I immediately download the sample to my Kindle. If there’s no ebook, it’s a lost sale and I think I’m typical of the digital ‘heavy‘ reader market.”
DLP or Digital List Price
This is the price the rights holder places on a copy of their digital content. Unlike print books, digital list prices are easily changeable to encourage sales, optimize promotion with timely events, publishers can determine what prices best suit particular markets, and self-published authors can find their ‘sweet spot’ (where maximum dissemination meets revenue). For more see this PC World article and this NYT article about pricing.
DRM or Digital Rights Management
This is software encryption that discourages piracy and includes features like making your ebooks from the library disappear after the term of the loan. From TechTerms.com: “By controlling the trading, protection, monitoring, and tracking of digital media, DRM helps publishers limit the illegal propagation of copyrighted works. This can be accomplished by using digital watermarks or proprietary file encryption on the media they distribute. Whatever method publishers choose to employ, DRM helps them make sure that their digital content is only used by those who have paid for it.”