So, I'm sure others will blog about Nathan Branford's Agent for a Day thingy, but I'm gonna beat you all to it. Ha-ha!
The gist: Fifty query letters were posted on Nathan's blog at random times, and we "agents" were allowed to request five manuscripts.
Well, I decided right away that I was going to try and respond to all fifty queries today, just to give myself an accurate taste of the job. I met my goal, and let me tell you, it was no easy task. There were many, many lessons one could take away from participating in such an event. I learned a lot, and I feel like I better understand why agents do what they do. However, for me, the most poingant lesson was perhaps the most obvious one of all.
Querying is subjective.
I mean, duh. How many bajillions of times have we heard this, have we said it to ourselves? But, it was absolutely fascinating to actually see that.
Aside from the few just plain bad queries that made no sense, every single query letter had at least one person enthusiastically requesting a full. Every single one. And, even the most popular queries still garnered numerous rejections. Many people have been including their five picks in their posts, and most of them have not a single choice in common with mine. Everyone had different favorites. Everyone.
The whole experience kind of made me smack my forehead and think, "It really is subjective." And for that, I want to thank Mr. Bransford. Overall, the contest was a blast. Very, very, very interesting. What a swell idea, Sir!
P.S. It's still going (until Saturday, I think) so go over and give it a try!!