“I send out more rejections between December 25th and January 1st than any other time of year,” said one agent.
Maybe like Rachel Vater, it happens in an effort to clear the desk, and the slate, for the New Year. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get an auto-rejection if your work happens to be in the pile. On the contrary, say agents, while they hope to clear their desks, they’re also still looking for the Next Best Thing. Says agent Janet Reid: “…if you’ve got a full out to an agent, don’t forget that we do a lot of our reading in the last half of December. That’s NOT the time to ignore your email or put your phone on no-ring.”
But is now a good time to send a query? What are the chances that query is going to be rejected more quickly than, say, waiting until January? [Read more…]