Not So Good Months to Query:
- January- because 1) everyone (and their mother) is waiting for agents to get back from holiday breaks to query, 2) because a lot of those agents will be going out on submission with their clients during this month, and 3) because of a couple big conferences which many agents attend.
- July- because of family vacations and heat waves.
- August- because its still too hot and school is starting soon and one last vacation must be taken before getting back to the grind.
- December- because of all the unpolished NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month where hundreds of thousands of writers write complete novels) submissions streaming in and also because the holidays.
- February- because the agents may have more time to catch up on their slush piles after some distance from the holidays.
- September- because there's something about the freshness in the air, kids settling down and going back to school, and adults getting down to business, as evidenced by this post of my agent, Sarah Davies: Pounding of the Hooves. So if you're thinking of pulling the trigger on querying, DO IT! NOW!
- November-Most everyone is so busy working on their new, shiny NaNoWriMo project
that they have no time for querying and therefore agents might have a
slightly less gargantuan slush pile.
DISCLAIMER: I could be 100% totally wrong on all of this. I am only speaking from my own personal experience. Your best bet is to research your favorite agents individually and find out what they are doing and when.
What's your two cents?