Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A quick look at QT Representation Stats

I went through Query Tracker's Success Stories for the past six months (November 2010 to first week May 2011) and assessed the stats for those indicating an offer of representation.

There were 140 reported offers (where genre was indicated). Here's the percentage by genre:

*Only those specifying a genre were included

And, because I am just that much of a Type-A personality, I went back and compared it to the same period last year.

Here's how they compare, percentage-wise:

*Again, only those indicating a genre were included.
For the 09-10 period, there were 79 offers reported.

Are you surprised by any of these numbers? I'd been feeling like Sci Fi and Fantasy were getting a lot more attention these days and, at least according to this, it seems to be the case. And I'm not sure if the genre was changed from Chick Lit to Women's Fiction in the interim, or if they are different genres.

Obviously, this is only looking at one source. But it is still an interesting snapshot.

If you don't use Query Tracker, go check it out. They have a great blog, a fantastic agent database system, and things like Success Stories to keep you motivated.

Stay tuned for my next May/Type-A extravaganza post: QT's Query Stats!


  1. Big leap in sci-fi as well. Interesting stuff.

  2. I think the big leap in Sci-Fi has to do with the large increase in dystopian novels.

  3. What an interesting analysis! It's odd that Middle Grade numbers are down, because many kidlit agents say they are on the prowl for it. Perhaps not as many writers are querying projects? I had no idea that the YA market was quite this hot. More than half of all new signings. Whoa.

  4. Wow, this is really cool. My writer friends and I were recently wondering if sci fi is the new "trend." Interesting.

  5. Wonderful post and very interesting stats. I so love QueryTracker it keeps track of your query responses, gives you stats, and has a new "quick query" function that really is helpful. Makes for less errors on salutations. Thanks for the great info.! :D

  6. Look at you, Miss Queen of stats. That's so interesting. I'm a lurker on QT but I do love the site.

  7. Query tracker is awesome. And I didn't even know you could do that with it... Here I always just used it to track my queries... :D Thanks, Jenna!