Thursday, January 14, 2016

Breaking Down 2015

After reviewing all the stats, I have to say: I kicked 2015's ass. I had a baby; I negotiated a deal while having that baby. I kept turnaround times, contracts, correspondence, sales and pitches moving, all with a brand new baby in tow...because challenge: I THRIVE ON THEE! :)

Here's how my agent life stacked up in numbers for 2015:

Queries (unsolicited) rec’d:

Request rates (based on above):

Partial: .2%
Partial Request genres:

  • MG funny contemp
  • historical romance with mystery
  • YA contemp
  • YA historical magical realism
  • contemp romance

Full: .6%
Full Request genres:

  • adult multi-cultural
  • Chapter Book boy funny 
  • PB author/illustrator
  • PB text only (2)
  • MG speculative
  • MG magical realism/multi-cultural
  • MG funny contemp
  • YA adventure
  • YA historical
  • YA historical magical realism
  • YA magical realism
  • Gritty YA contemp
  • YA fantasy

Offers: .2%
Signed Genres:

  • MG magical realism/multi-cultural
  • YA magical realism
  • Chapter book boy funny

R&R’s requested: 2 (.1%)
Offers from R&Rs: 1

This means, roughly, that I requested a partial on 2 out of every 1000, a full 6 out of every 1000, and offered on 2 out of every 1000 queries I received.

This year, I was 40% likely to request the full from a partial
I was 29% likely to make an offer on a full request

In sum: I was more likely to request a full, though I was not as active with signing and requesting as last year (down from 70% likely to request full from partial, and 59% likely to make an offer on a full).

Avg. response time:
Partial: 7 weeks
Full: 8 weeks

After tracking my turnaround times for several years now, this has been pretty consistent. I always wish I could be faster, but, considering this year I felt like a literal black hole as I adjusted to everything baby, it's an accomplishment to have kept things the same.

Months with most queries: June-July, Sept-Oct (last year March, June-July)

Months with most requests: July, Oct (last year Feb, April-May)

Most active period of offering and signing: Aug-Nov (last year Jan-Feb & June)

With being closed to submissions until May 1, everything shifted down!

12 deals for 17 books
vs. last year, where I had 14 deals for 30 books - HOWEVER, in advances, my growth was 62%!! :D Considering I did nothing but baby time for a good four months this year, I'm pretty dang happy.

My agent resolution last year was to keep up the momentum; I was pretty on par for the deals, but managed overall growth while being shut down for four months, which is a 100% success!!  I pulled in to focus on my fabulous clients, and this year...

My agent resolution: GROW, SELL, GROW!!


  1. Sorry. Silly auto correct! What I wanted to say was, wow. Sounds like you've had a lot on your plate. All the best for this year.

  2. I'm impressed, especially given that you simultaneously became a mother. Nicely done! And thanks for posting such clear numbers. Very helpful.

  3. Wow, that is kicking ass--with baby in tow! All the best!

  4. Did you make any requests off a twitter contest? If so, how did those submissions fare?

  5. First of all, Congrats and best wishes on the baby, as a mom of four, ages 19 to , and having been widowed, thus also a single. mom for several years now, I want to reassre you this is the best abd most important job you will ever do. So much love and happiness to you and your husband! And, yes, wow! Amazing work in all other arenas. I KNOW that wasn't easy. Yay, for you for kicking ass and yay for us in getting the good stories! Keep on keepin' on!