Holidays and Queries to Agents: 5 Perspectives

“So Virginia, Should You Query During the Holiday Season?” That’s a question writers ponder with the first whiff of Christmas trees and mistletoe. You may be worried that everyone’s out of the office, or agents are rejecting nearly everything now, thinking that many unpolished NaNoWriMo submissions are flowing in. To help make your decision, I’ve pulled five perspectives from around the Web on “Holidays and Query Letters.”


1. Avoid those last two weeks. In a blog entry from 2008, agent Nathan Bransford suggests that there is no best time to query, but he does add that it’s a wise idea not to query during the few weeks around Christmas and New Year’s.

2. Don’t rush your NaNoWriMo submission. In an blog entry on Writer Unboxed, the agent advice varies, but most agents agree that if you participated in NaNoWriMo, take time over the next few months to revise before sending that query. Don’t make your submission another December rejection.

3. Holidays = More time to read? On Twitter, agent Kate Epstein suggests that the holidays are the right time to query agents as they may have more time to read the query.

4. Miss Snark says it doesn’t matter. Miss Snark, during her brief but influential reign of the blogosphere, also weighed in on the subject of querying during the holidays.

5. Sometimes it’s better, and sometimes it’s worse. Editorial Anonymous says sometimes editors will read more over the holidays and sometimes they will delete more. It all depends on the particular editor.

As you decide whether or not query this holiday season, you may want to heed a piece of advice from Agent, Janet Reid, “You can query too soon. You can never query too late.”



This guest column by writer
Nancy Parish, who runs her
blog, The Sound and Furry.

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  1. Kate Epstein

    The right time to query an agent is really when your proposal is fantastic.

    I’m not saying timing doesn’t matter but far more influential than the things you know are things you can’t know. Let’s say I just got a very pretty royalty statement for a book that’s a little like yours. You don’t know that. It make me hungry for a book like yours and more receptive. The reverse applies too. How much like is too much like is probably something you’ll never be able to second guess, that’s my judgment call.

    But timing is far less important than things that don’t change–the quality, the sellability, the platform you bring; the fitness for a particular agent (which morphs over time).

    If we’re just not that into your query, we’re just not that into your query. It’s not timing.

  2. ali

    Yes, I was just asking this very question of my friends this week! Ta Da! Ask, and I shall receive–thanks Nancy! Finally in the end, I decided to heed Janet’s advice. :0


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