Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have finally finished going through all the snail mail queries that were currently in my office. The numbers do not necessarily include everyone's queries, as I've been keeping recent mail in a separate location, as to not confuse it with this exercise. The rejections will go out in the mail on Monday.
For your statistical pleasure:
I rejected 60 query letters.
I requested 13 partials and 1 full in this latest batch.
It's highly unusual for me to request a full manuscript right off of a query letter, but I had my reasons for doing so with this particular query. The number of partials I requested was high for me too, but is largely due to the fact that I had a number of already established writers query me in this batch, something which makes me feel very flattered.
So, let's do the math, assuming that the request for the full is an outlier that doesn't need to be counted in the percentages:
74 queries total.
(60/74) x 100=81.08% of queries were rejected
(13/74) x 100=17.57% of queries garnered a request for a partial
So, not horrible odds, right? Many established agents reject about 95% of all queries that they receive. I'm still actively looking for new clients, so I'm willing to be a bit more open-minded in what I request at this stage of the game. As I gain more clients, who are steadily earning me money, I have no doubt that I will get more selective.
There will be numbers for the number of partials that I reject coming soon. I have to read some client material first, and then I will start counting up those--once again, they will be based only on the material that is currently physically located in my office. It makes it easier for me to keep track of things that way.