Sep 10, 2010

Quiz

First off, dudes--who hasn't entered the Omg, DUFF! contest yet? Well do it. NOW.

Second, I have a quiz for you--this is for research purposes, and I will write about my conclusions. If you'd like to take it, please put your answers in the comment section.

1. When querying agents, how many agents do you query in Round 1?
a) 1
b) 2-10
c)11-20
d)21-35
e)36-50
f)51 +
g) What's an agent?

2. If you are a writer, how many critique partners do you work with?
a) 1
b) 2
c) I work with a group
d) I work with more than one group
e) I work with a partner and a group
f) None
g) Isn't this kind of personal?

3. What genre do you write and query (please specify subgenre next to your chosen answer)?
a) children's (picture book - middle grade)
b) Young Adult
c) Women's Fiction
d) Fantasy/sci-fi
e)Mystery/thriller
f ) Romance/erotica
g) Mainstream fiction
h) literary fiction
i) non-fiction
j) Other
k) Wait a minute...you're supposed to write the thing before you query??

4. How many full drafts do you go through before querying (on average)?
a) None--I rock.
b) 1
c) 2-3
d) 4-5
e) 6-8
f) 9+
g) Like 10 or 12 beers or so.

Thanks, guys!

Jo

52 comments:

Anchored Away said...

1. b
2. b
3. d (UF) and f
4. c

Lisa and Laura said...

1. c

2. b

3. b/e

4. c/g

Christauna Asay said...

1.b
2.c
3.d (e)
4.d
true life answers although I was tempted to mark g,g,k,g. ;)

A. R. Campbell said...

1. b

2. b

3. At the moment b and d (Sci Fi and YA Fantasy).

4. e

JB Lynn said...

1. b
2. b + my DH
3. j (quirky crime)
4. c

Kate Hart said...

1) b
2) e
3) b contemporary & paranormal
4) d

Have a good weekend! :)

Journal of Absurdity said...

1: b
2: b
3: f
4: d

Kelley said...

1. When querying agents, how many agents do you query in Round 1?
b) 2-10

2. If you are a writer, how many critique partners do you work with?
b) 2

3. What genre do you write and query (please specify subgenre next to your chosen answer)?
b) Young Adult - Paranormal, contemporary, urban fantasy, post-apocalyptic... Usually anything dark.

4. How many full drafts do you go through before querying (on average)?
g) Like 10 or 12 beers or so.

These are my answers for NOW. If you asked me a year ago when I first started querying with a... not very polished MS, my answers would be different. I can be taught!

Kelly Hashway said...

1. b
2. e
3. a-middle grade fantasy
4. d

Shari Green said...

1. b
2. c
3. b - contemporary
4. d

Sara McClung ♥ said...

1. b
2. e
3. b-fantasy
4. d

Victoria Dixon said...

1. Tried to do b, but was more like c.
2. d
3. d.
4. c. (at least 3 full rewrites. After that, I gave up counting.)

Runere McLain said...

1. b
2. e
3. d/f
4. d

Joseph L. Selby said...

1. a

2. b

3. d

4. c

S. Mozer said...

1. B
2. D
3. B
4. E But it depends on the ms. Never less than E.

Rachel S. said...

1. b) 2-10

2. f) None, unless DH and BFF count...

3. b) Young Adult - sci-fi

4. c) 2-3, hard to number because I'm just constantly picking at it

Clutzattack said...

1. b
2. e
3. b
4. e

Jade said...

1. b
2. e
3. b contemporary and paranormal
4. d

Becca said...

1.
b) 2-10

2.
b) 2

3.
b) Young Adult - suspense

4.
c) 2-3

Suzi McGowen said...

1 b
2 d
3 d
4 e I think (not really counting)

Kate Larkindale said...

1. b
2. d
3. Ya- Contemporary, Romance -historical, literary fiction and mainstream (each of my books is different, and my short fiction is even more diverse)
4. c

Ruthanne Reid said...

b) 2-10

c) I work with a group (but not an official one - a cluster of folks)

b) Young Adult scifi/fantasy
d) Fantasy/sci-fi adult
f ) Romance/erotica paranormal

e) 6-8. Though the beers helped.

Melissa Dean said...

Here are my answers:

1)B
2)B
3)B (paranormal, UF)
4)D

The Newbie Novelist said...
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The Newbie Novelist said...

1. still writing WIP, so haven't started the query process yet. Probably will turn out to be D or E though when I start!

2. C

3. B (Urban Fantasy)

4. ? Who knows! (the draft will be finished in Dec. and I *plan* to spend about 3-4 mo revising before sending out for queries, but you know how plans go. So, we'll see.)

Glad to help:-)
Amanda
@AmandaLBurford

Pam Vickers said...

1. b
2. c
3. b (multiple)
4. f

LuluWriter said...

1. When querying agents, how many agents do you query in Round 1?

b) 2-10

2. If you are a writer, how many critique partners do you work with?

b) 2 (at least 2, but oftentimes 4 or 5)


3. What genre do you write and query?

j) Other (Commercial Fiction, current project is post-apocalyptic fiction heavy on women fiction elements)

4. How many full drafts do you go through before querying (on average)?

c) 2-3 (plus a ton of tweaking here and there)

Carolin said...

1b) 2-10
2b) 2
3b) YA UF and d)Urban Fantasy
4c) 2-3

Loretta Nyhan said...

1. c

2. b

3. b

4. c (and g, but substitute glasses of cabernet...)

Piedmont Writer said...

1) B

2) B

3) C

4) C

Angie said...

1) B
2) C
3) B and paranormal
4) D

Huntress said...

1. B
2. E
3. D - UF
4. D

Gina Black said...

1b
2a
3b
4d

Bish Denham said...

1.) b
2.) f - Unfortuantely I haven't been able to connect with a good crit gourp. But I have 2 excellent readers.
3.) a/d
4.) c

Charity Bradford said...

1. (b) This will be my first round and I plan on 5.
2. (b)? Right now, anyone I can convince to give me a critique. I crave a group.
3. (d) All the way baby!
4. (d)

Anonymous said...

1.c)
2.c)
3.c)
4. c)

Becca C. said...

1. b)
2. c)
3. b) Contemporary
4. d)

Michaele Stoughton said...

1.b
2.e
3.b urban fantasy
4.maybe c. I edit and tweak a lot along the way.

storyqueen said...

1. b

2. a, c or f (depending on the piece.)

3. a (picture book, easy reader, chapterbook, middle grade)

4. d

Theresa Milstein said...

1) b
2) b
3) b (fantasy)
4) f

What's my grade?

Lori W. said...

1. b
2. d
3. a (chapter book)
b (contemporary and paranormal)
j (short stories)
4. used to be c now e

Christina Auret said...

At the moment this is all academic as I only have 17000 words, but my intentions are:

1. b)
2. b) ( I know exactly who I am going to ask, but I won't be asking them until draft 3 is done)
3. d) (Urban Fantasy)
4. d) (1. Verbal vomiting. 2. Fixing tenses, spelling and continuity. 3. Pacing of knowledge, relationships and action. 4. Working in what my critique partners advise. 5. Fixes from final read aloud before I send it off into the wilds.)

As this is only what I intend to do, I don't know if you will be able to use it in your research.

Elizabeth May said...

1. When querying agents, how many agents do you query in Round 1?

b) 2-10 (Just in case my query doesn't work and needs tweaking. Also lessens the flow of rejections - and requests - so I'm not as stressed, and therefore, my soul does not shrivel into a crushingly depressed state when the rejections do come. I'm optimistic! :D)

2. If you are a writer, how many critique partners do you work with?

(h) 3, and none of them know each other. It cuts down on group bias.

3. What genre do you write and query (please specify subgenre next to your chosen answer)?

b) Young Adult


4. How many full drafts do you go through before querying (on average)?

c) 2-3
AND!
g) Like 10 or 12 beers or so.

(Although, realistically, this depends on how much I edit while writing. Some works I get finished with right away and need more work. Others I continually edit in the process of finishing a draft and come out more polished, so they require less work.)

Natalie Aguirre said...

b
e
a (fantasy)
f

Anonymous said...

a
f---I haven't been able to find any yet.
b---YA, sometimes paranormal, sometimes more fantasy
d---I don't completely rewrite the whole thing from scratch each time, but I usually fiddle with plot, character and do line edits over and over again.


Emily

lishacauthen said...

1.b

2.a and d

3.b contemporary with a paranormal twist

4.d--some parts might be rewritten approximately 5 million times.

Mesmerix said...

1. b
2. e
3. d (urban fantasy)
4. c

Sandy Williams said...

1. e
2. e, I think. Then, when I have the ms perfect, I have a couple of betas (betas are different than CPs to me).
3. d (urban fantasy)
4. d

Patrice said...

1. b
2. b
3. e -- but a woman-centered thriller, so...
4. c or d

Thanks for the blog! Good stuff.

Emily Anderson said...

1. B (3 or 4)
2. D (although I'm thinking of quitting one)
3. B (anything goes: I've written a fantasy, just finished an apocalyptic, and I'm starting a contemporary)
4. D (it just depends on the project and at what point I consider it a new draft)

Ruth Donnelly said...

1. B
2. C
3. A
4. D

William Gerke said...

Stumbled across this by way of Suzie Townsend's blog. I'm always interested in statistics and studies (informal or otherwise), so I'll do my part:

1) c
2) e
3) d
4) d

Looking forward to seeing the results.