For as long as I’ve been in publishing there have been query services available to agents. I’m not talking about the type of service that writes your query for you, but the service that allows authors to post their queries or even their material so that agents can peruse the site and request something.
I’m curious if there are any agents who use these types of services.
When I first started out as an agent I would log on to sites like this to see what was available. I wasn’t yet getting many submissions, I didn’t have many clients and I had the time to scroll through material instead of waiting for it to come to me. I haven’t been on one of those sites in over 12 years.
Why I don’t use the site has nothing to do with my desire for new material. I am actively looking for new projects right now. I don’t use it because I feel like my inbox already fills faster than I can get to it and I feel like the author who takes the time to research me and a good query letter is the author who is most likely to grab my attention. She wants it more than someone who just throws a blurb up on a site (and probably has that blurb written for her).
I wonder though if this is the wave of the future. Publishing has changed so much in the last ten years, is this something that will change too? Will agents need to go somewhere to compete for submissions rather than competing for the ones that are targeted to them? I kind of double it, but it made me think.