how I organise my queries

Hey, hey!

So as you know if you’ve been hanging around here or my YouTube channel, you know that I’m very much in the midst of querying my most recent romance novel in the hopes of securing a literary agent. It hasn’t happened for me yet, but!!! Fingers crossed we get there this year.

As anyone querying knows, though, it becomes a mess very quickly when you’re trying to keep all your active (and rejected) queries organised. For me, I struggled through with a very messy list of people and an email folder that very swiftly looked like a tornado had blown through it.

Needless to say, that was not going to be the best way for me to keep querying if I was going to stay serious about it and, thus, my query spreadsheet was born.

obviously not my filled out query spreadsheet, but you get it

This spreadsheet is simple but has, without a doubt, change the way that I query. Everything is so much more organised and, because it’s colour-coded, I can tell where I’m at with just one glance at this spreadsheet. A severe lack of green? I need to send another round of queries. Not been adding a lot of orange? Probably time to switch up my query and go back to really look at my first ten pages.

It took me a little bit of playing around to get this spreadsheet to work exactly the way I wanted it to and, because I know just how much energy it cost me, I thought that I could share it out into the world to hopefully save you a bit of effort.

I’m sharing this for free, but if you do decide to use it, can you link to my website or my YouTube channel? And also come swing by one of my socials and let me know how it’s going!

You can get a copy of the spreadsheet here:

If you want a walkthrough of the sheet before you commit, check out my YouTube video:

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