I had wondered how to keep track of my queries and was considering a spreadsheet. I have a list of agents stored in a plain text file that T. gave me way back before I thought I would even attempt to query. I was slowly expanding it with each agent’s contact information and submission details. But that was bit cumbersome.
Duotrope didn’t have anything for agents, so I complained. And with the wonder that is the internet, my need was assuaged: Query Tracker.
Query Tracker is a nifty little website that Tricia alerted me to earlier this week. (Thanks, Tricia!)
At first, while setting up my profile and trying to figure out how to enter a submission, I got a little peeved with the site. It kept alerting me that with a premium, paid account, I would have access to better reports and tracking systems. I was about ready to bag the site and go back to my spreadsheet.
Sheesh, how spoiled can you get, huh? I mean, these folks provided this awesome site that helps to organize my crap and I get a little upset that they want money for their efforts. How annoying can I get?
I’m not being sarcastic. I really do think we are getting spoiled with so much free stuff on the internet. Kind of like when folks like me are so willing to give up our writing for free just so that we can get some attention…hmmmm…an idea for another blog post.
Anyway, after poking around a bit, I realized the true worth of the site: the agent search and the My Agent List.
I searched for agents that represent my genre (Fantasy Fiction, and Historical Fiction) and then geographic location (California). The results included a manageable amount of folks within my state! I visited each of their websites (conveniently listed on their Query Tracker profile) and determined which of the agencies, and agents at those agencies, best fit me. All in about two hours! That’s brilliant! I thought it would take me days to do that. And it probably would have if I didn’t use Query Tracker and instead had to go down to our local library, look up that big book of agents and thumb through it.
But, with Query Tracker, it’s all right there. Brilliant!
I’ve only used the site for a day or two, so consider this a preliminary assessment, but I’m giving the site 4 out of 5 stars at the moment.
Do you use Query Tracker? If so, what are your experiences with the site? Good, bad, indifferent?