I don't mean it's time for parties and sleigh rides and stuff. No, I mean it's the season to get your query ready.
In this post, I'm not going to talk about how to get your query ready. (I've already done that here. And there's a wealth of info on that particular topic.) No, this post is about the "best time" to query.
I've seen this talked about a lot in forums and on blogs. I've heard people say you shouldn't query during the summer. And you can't query during the holidays. And you shouldn't query at the beginning of the year because every writer has made a New Year's resolution to send out queries.
Reading all that can make an aspiring author throw their hands up and proclaim, "When is the best time to query then??"
Well, here's my personal opinion. (And I queried over the summer. In fact, many requests came in the summer.)
Q: When to query?
A: When your 1. manuscript 2. query letter 3. synopsis and 4. nerves are ready. Regardless of the season. Because agents are always looking for good books. Always. They're always going to be busy with this, that and the other. So don't stress it.
Query when your material is the best you can make it. And trust that the industry will be ready when you are.
A few good reads on this topic. Nathan Bransford posted this last year. And it's still true today.
Jessica Faust gives some info on how you know when you're ready to query.
Emily Marshall at Author2Author gives some sound advice on when to query.
I agree with all of them. Perfect, perfect, perfect. The MS, the query letter, the synop. Research agents. All that jazz. Get some steel and coat your nerves in it.
Then hit send.