QT uses two highly effective methods to stay on top of the agent data:
- User feedback: We encourage QT members to let us know whenever they find information about an agent or agency that does not match what we show. Upon receiving a notification, we will first confirm the information and then, if necessary, update the agent's profile accordingly. This gives us an army of 100,000 authors, scouring the web looking for changes.
To notify QT of changes found, members can use either the Contact Us page on the site, or post the information in the comment section for the particular agent.
- The QT Crawler: QT has created an advanced automated crawler, much like the program used by Google and other search engines to index websites. QT's crawler is a program which visits all the known agency websites, looking for any changes from the last time the crawler was there. When changes are found, the program highlights the change and then notifies us of what it found. Each site is visited twice per day, so when an agent changes anything on their website, we know about it almost instantly.
So it is through use of advanced technology and a large and involved membership that QueryTracker maintains its role as the most trusted database of literary agents.