Writers Stay Organized
First off, I’ll be changing my blogging schedule to better accommodate the time I have. Posts will go live on Tuesdays rather than Saturdays.
That being said, let’s move on to this week’s topic.
Querying Agents: Tracking Queries and Responses
Querying agents is time intensive. It’s also a game of patience. And, it’s a game of staying organized. My Agent Query Tracking Form will help you save time as you query your completed manuscripts to agents.
I’m not going to go into how to query agents. While my MFA at Lindenwood University taught me a good deal about the process (writing loglines, writing query letters, researching agents, and more), and I’ve done a lot of research, I’ll leave this for a future post or for you to search the many resources out there.
This post is going to leap beyond the preparation phase and move into tracking your queries.
There are sites out there you may use to track your query submissions such as querytracker.net. However, many resources offer paid premium services, so the free version is a bit boiled down. In addition, I have a hard time trusting websites and resources to always be around: If I make the resource, it’ll always be there.
So, I went on my own for this part of my path to being published through the use a Google Form to track my queries. And, I’ll be giving you access to that form which you may copy and use for your own agent queries.
The Google Form
It took me three drafts to get this form right for me for me. There’s a lot of information that’s needed to keep accurate account of multiple queries at a time.
So, I’m going to end this post here. However, you may check out the form ahead of time, here’s the link (or click on the image): Chuck’s Agent Query Tracking Form.
Note that I turned off the “Collect Email Addresses” setting. In order to best use this form, that setting should be turned on, which I’ll also show in the next post.
My Next Post
In my next post I’ll go through the form page-by-page in a tutorial of sorts.