A few months ago BookEnds signed up for a new query system. Instead of email queries we switched to Query Manager and while the official review will be held in December, I think we’re all pretty happy with it.
One of the things I like is that we get to select the genres we’re currently accepting queries in and when writers come to each individual query submission form they will either find the genre that agent accepts or know to query another agent within the agency. This is a huge advantage to writers. Instead of guessing or hoping that Jessica Faust accepts YA Fantasy you can see very clearly that it’s not an option on her form and go back to the BookEnds Submission page to find who does have it as an option.
What kills me is the number of authors who decide that they’ll just choose another genre, instead of querying the agent who is looking for that YA Fantasy. It does you a disservice to try to force a round peg into a square hole. I don’t have YA Fantasy on my query form because currently I’m not looking to acquire YA Fantasy. It doesn’t mean I can’t sell it or don’t like it, but it does mean that there are other agents in the agency who are more enthusiastic about it and a better choice.