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Monday, March 23, 2009

Let Me Remind You...

Here's a handy QueryTracker.net feature you might not already know about:

There are a lot of agencies out there working hard to ensure they respond to every query they receive. Some agencies, though, give a specific time frame for a response. If they haven't responded, well... to use the recently extra-popular phrase, They're Just Not That Into You.

Most authors query more than one agent at a time, so it can be hard to keep track of when you're expecting a response.

But QT will take care of that for you. Seriously, if Pat just adds in attachments to brew coffee and make french fries, there's not much QT can't do for you.

You can set a reminder on QT. Yes, seriously. You can choose an on-screen reminder on your QueryTracker account, or you can even have the reminder emailed to you.

Here's how to do it:

From the agent's listing page, click on "My Reminder"

Then just choose on-screen or email (or both), select the date, and type whatever you need to remember into the box. Click "Save Reminder" and you're all set.

So, if you'd decided to query Aaron Priest, you'd notice on his agency's website that they set a 4-week time frame to respond to queries.

Set a reminder to mark the query as rejected in four weeks, and you can put it out of your mind until then.

You can also use reminders for things like the date an agent is due back from maternity leave, or any other event you want to keep on top of.

Sweet, huh?

H. L. Dyer, M.D. writes women's fiction and works as the Clinical and Academic Director for the Hospitalist Program at a pediatric teaching hospital near Chicago. In addition to all things literary, she enjoys experimental cooking and composing impromptu parodies to annoy close friends and family. Click to visit her personal blog, Trying to Do the Write Thing.


Stina Lindenblatt said...

Hey, that's pretty cool. Thanks, Heather, for pointing out that to us.

Christine Fonseca said...

Yet another handy dandy feature I didn't know about. Thanks Heather!!!