For example, before I started querying, I intended to send out about five or so queries a week. Reality struck, and there was only one week which I was actually able to accomplish this (it was a three-day weekend).
Here's what I've experienced since I started querying:
- Queries always (always!) take way longer than I expect them to (accounting for customizing the query to meet the agent's needs, researching the agent, and updating my bio).
- I've constantly been revising and tweaking my query in the process of sending it out. This also takes time I didn't account for (though it's absolutely necessary).
- I have separate documents where I'm revising the various iterations of my query pitch (must unite these into one document and decide which pitches I intend to use).
- Queries aren't the only thing on my plate. Along with the full-time day job, I am responsible for the following:
- Revising current WIP.
- Drafting Book 2 of the series I'm querying (this idea has been sitting in moth balls for four years, desperately waiting to be written down).
- Jotting down notes for shiny new book idea (with the hope to start shiny new book when WIP revisions are finished).
- Tweaking the MS I'm querying to get rid of those nasty, stealthy typos (they're like ninjas!).
- Book reviews (I'm currently working through a batch of five books).
- Entering contests (most of which require a query and/or synopsis).
- Blogging (and I only do this twice a week! I can't imagine how all you daily bloggers out there do it!).