My question: What sort of holiday schedule do most agents keep? I've finished and polished a novel, and I'm about to start querying agents. Is early to mid-December a good time to do so, or are agents more likely to be cranky from pre-holiday pressures? Would it be better to wait until after the holidays?
Agents are always overworked, cranky and looking for their next gin. Well, Miss Snark is...and that's the only one that counts, right?
Queries are a routine part of our business day. We don't (mostly) ignore them in favor of swilling gin at holiday parties. Some of my colleagues use the holiday week downtime to get caught up on queries, so it's a good time to be in their mailbox. Some of my colleagues use this time to lie on the beach in St. Tropez, but your query letter will be waiting when they get back.
You absolutely cannot time queries so just polish it up and send it out.
I'm not sure how everyone else will be doing it, but the Snark Emporium of Good Writers and Great Deals will close for the hols on 12/22 and stay closed till ...well February seemed a bit much, so 1/4/6 seemed like a nice number. Killer Yapp will be retrieving messages and mail while Miss Snark reads trashy novels and makes prank phone calls to George Clooney.