Just a head's up that if you have a query sitting in the hopper waiting for a response, that response won't be coming until sometime next week at the very earliest. I'm taking the whole week off from reading queries so that I can catch up with the backlog of partials and fulls that I have sitting in my inbox.
Interesting fact: the number of email queries that I've been receiving has increased drastically over the past six weeks, going from an average of about 175 queries per week to an average of 500 per week. Over the past 72 hours alone, I've received 146 queries. I'm not sure to what I should attribute the sudden increase in queries; it doesn't seem to make much sense.
But one thing I've noticed is that the quality of those queries is in inverse proportion to the quantity. In other words, a lot of you are hitting "SEND" way too fast. Lots of typos, grammatical errors, complete disregard for my submission guidelines, queries for inappropriate categories, and just plain badly written.
Please, folks! Double and triple-check your queries before you send them off to any agent. You'll be doing yourself a favor in the long run.