I’ve never consciously stopped querying one of my projects. It’s something that just kind of happened with each one over time. I queried my first book pretty widely. I must've hit up about a hundred agents. I got seven or eight requests that never led anywhere before I moved on and wrote my second book, consequently placing my first ms on the shelf.
Then I wrote the contemporary romance and only queried that for a month or two because I felt it wasn't 'the one'. It had been a lot of fun to write and was a great exercise in everything I'd learned but it still wasn't ready so I only sent out about twenty queries for that and had about three requests that didn't go anywhere.
I finished FOSSEGRIM and started querying it in October. I've sent out around 80 queries and have had seven requests which resulted in rejections. I didn’t think I’d give up with this one because I really felt like it was ready and just needed to find the right person.
However, now that my new YA romance is underway I’ve pretty much stopped querying FOSSEGRIM without realizing it. I sent out the last query over a month ago and since then I haven’t been actively seeking representation for it. I do plan on querying agents with my new project when it’s ready, though.
So, I guess I’ve decided to move on. But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on FOSSEGRIM all together.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I can do with FOSSEGRIM. It was originally meant to be a trilogy- each book told through the eyes of one of the main characters. And after doing research on the new trends in Ebooks, self publishing and Epublishing- I’m thinking FOSSEGRIM would be a good fit for that route and will begin looking into it soon.
When do you finally stop querying agents with a project and why?