Dear Miss Snark,
Is there a downside to spreading a wide query net? I mean really wide. As in, what if I wanted to send out fifty at once -- fifty carefully researched, professionally written queries, each assembled according to the fifty agents' individual specifications. Would that be the height of efficiency or nitwittery?
Thanks for the advice,
When Miss Snark was a tot, she ate all her Halloween candy as fast as her grubbly little hands could toss M&M's into her tinsel toothed maw. Other, more restrained, girls..the ones with ironed frocks, polished shoes and grandmothers who did not drag race flivvers on Broadway and moon after Valentino, saved their candy (till it rotted in the cupboard...a condition Miss Snark had not dreamed was even possible till she saw it with her own four eyes).
Now, you might ask what this has to do with queries.
You can shoot your wad now, and have nothing to fall back on or you can send them out in measured cadence and learn from your errors/experiences.
I number my cover letters on a project so I can make sure to send the best/most recent one and I'm always amazed how much better they get even in the space of a week. Questions editors ask, or just things that fall into my brain often help me refine what I say or say things in a new way. If you've sent all 50 queries out, you've got no place to put all that stuff you learned.
It's not a rule and its not nitwittery to do it the other way though. No, to be a nitwit you have to leave chocolate in the closet and let it go bad. That's beyond nitwittery...that's just criminal.
Miss Snark must lie down with a scented hankie over her eyes to recover from that terrifying memory. Those girls came to bad ends though...which is how Miss Snark has such great friends among the criminal element.