Yesterday, I got another full request from a publisher for my YA fantasy, Drive Back the Darkness. This particular editor had requested the partial, and when she emailed me yesterday to request the full she said, “I really enjoyed this excerpt. Your writing is vivid, fast-moving and imaginative. If you are still seeking publication for Drive Back the Darkness, I would love to see a full manuscript.”
I now have three fulls of this manuscript out with three different publishers. In fact, I have not gotten a single rejection from a publisher yet, just requests. I mention this not to brag, but to ask you a question; do you think publishers and agents are looking for the same things when they evaluate a pice of writing?
I ask this because I queried Drive Back the Darkness last spring and received only two full requests from agents. No, I haven’t done any major revisions. It’s pretty much the same story that I queried agents with. The query letter is also the same. I did start this blog in October and just recently signed up for Twitter (@TheLiteraryMom), but would having a social platform influence a publishing professional that much?
So, what’s going on? Did I just not send out enough queries? (I admit I was nowhere near the 200 that Noah Lukeman recommends. In fact, I wasn’t even approaching 100.) Is YA fantasy becoming more popular? Are publishers more receptive to queries than agents? Or do they want something entirely different from agents? What do you guys think? Has this happened to you?