At PPWC, I attended a question/answer panel that had six agents. There were questions about the future of agents, there were questions about publishing versus self-publishing, and there were questions about their day-to-day jobs. I enjoyed the panel and found it enlightening. However, there is one question that stuck in my head and it terrifies me.

“How many queries do you receive and how many new clients do you sign?”

Kristin Nelson’s answer is theĀ one I remember. She said, “Last year I received 30,000 queries. I requested 100 partial/full manuscripts. I signed two new clients.”

The audience gasped and murmured and I almost fainted. So, you can imagine that my elation of having two agents ask for partials has quickly turned to terror. I do not want to squander this incredible opportunity, I have been given. I do not want to be thrust back into the world of querying. So, I am taking what I have learned and revamping my manuscript. I am tightening the writing. I am enhancing the layers of my characters. And I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be one of the two people signed.

As Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket says, “And may the odds be ever in your favor.”