A Bad Time to Query

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Jan 16 2020

Authors ask all the time whether there’s a bad time to query, a time that might hurt instead of help their chances of being considered.

What is a bad period to send queries? With bad period I mean a period when an agent is really busy and my chances of getting my query through to her are lower than usual.

–From Questions for the Blog

Personally, I don’t think there is a bad period. You might notice that a lot of agents close during the summer or the end of the year, but just as many don’t. I know that BookEnds has made offers of representation right up until we close for the year.

In my opinion, the worst that can happen is your query sits a little longer than usual, but if it’s good, it’s good, no matter the time of year.

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5 responses to “A Bad Time to Query”

  1. Avatar AJ Blythe says:

    My advice, don’t use that as an excuse to procrastinate querying. Unless the agent is closed to queries, send! Good luck.

    If you need to hear another opinion, you should read this post by Janet Reid 🙂

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  4. What is your take on querying now (late April) as opposed to waiting until June or July to send out queries for my novel?

    Waiting for all the uncertainty about Covid-19 to die down (which it hopefully will have by that time) might make more sense.

    What do you think?