Firstly, how about some big picture statistics:
- Started writing: 2012
- First book published: 2014 (small press)
- Total books written: 15
- Total books published: 7 (all small press)
- Total queries sent: Many hundreds
- Average request rate per book queried: +/-5%
So, that happened and I moved on, and eventually I started querying the weird western that got me my agent. Ya want a few stats for that? Sure ya do, so let's hit it:
- First query sent: January 2021
- Total queries sent: 122
- Major revisions: 2 (based on agent R&Rs—both agents ultimately declined)
- Manuscript requests (full and partial): 8 (including Kimberly's)
- Initial query to Kimberly: 7 March 2023
- Full request received: 8 March 2023
- ‘The Call’ with Kimberly: 29 March 2023
- Accepted Offer of Representation: 12 April 2023
A few things worth noting in those statistics:
- Those R&Rs from other agents were invaluable--I’d actually never received a R&R before (much less 2!) so that’s when I knew Little Weird Western was something special. I took all of their input to heart and implemented as much as could without changing the core of the novel and what it meant.
- When I queried Kimberly, it was with that twice-revised manuscript--by far the best version of the novel I'd queried to that point.
- I have never, ever gotten a full request within a day of querying, much less a response to said full request within 3 weeks of submission. Again, I credit those R&R revisions. They helped me polish the concept and make it shine.
- The ~2 week delay between Kimberly’s Offer of Representation and my acceptance was for professional courtesy: there were other agents who had requested the manuscript and I wanted to notify them of the offer on the table and give them a chance to respond before I accepted.
So, with all the agents out there, how did I end up querying Kimberly? Simple: while scouring the MSWishList site for leads, I stumbled across her post. From there, I checked out Kimberly's website to learn more about her agenting preferences and spotted this little nugget of pure gold:
To all the authors out there reading this, I hope you find your Kimberly, too.