In all seriousness, there were some useful tidbits of information I stumbled upon that may benefit the masses:
- Agent Lisa Grubka encouraged writers to consider that summer is still relatively slower than the rest of the year, though it is not as slow as it may once have been in the publishing world.
- Nathan Bransford offered some insight about avoiding holidays for querying.
- Various writers and agents suggest not querying immediately after attending a conference. Agents and editors receive a flurry of queries following such an event.
- Query Tracker can help you monitor the progress an agent or editor is making in response to queries.
- A company or individual's blog or website will usually have the most up-to-date information. Check there for alerts about query status, out of the office trips, and reorganizations within an agency or publishing house.
What have you heard on this topic? Do you think there’s truth to any of these tips?