36,000 number of queries read and responded to (around 120/day)
98 full manuscripts requested and read
839 number of sample pages requested and read
Think about this. Of 36,000 hopeful writers, exactly 9 had their dreams answered. That is 0.025%. Or one in every 4000. And they still haven’t been accepted for publication…
Some years back, when I was hunting for an agent and/or publisher myself, I remember reading the statistic for one large publishing house, and it was rather similar. They took on 1 in about every 4,000-5,000 mss they received.
When I consider stats like this, I feel blessed that I am one of the lucky ones. Sure, I worked hard, but so do a lot of people. Sometimes I take a deep breath, and think of the little girl who decided around the age of eight that she was going to be “an authoress”, and wonder just how I got here. And I still have reason to be grateful: you guys who are reading my books (and not stealing them from free torrent sites) are keeping my career alive. Thank you.