Monday, March 3, 2014

In Which I Miss QueryTracker

One of the things I didn't anticipate about having an agent was the fact that I would be done using QueryTracker.

(Not QueryTracker forum, though, I still hang out there)

I love QueryTracker. When querying, I would check it multiple times a day, to see if there were any comments on the agents I was querying.

Now, though, all of that is done. There's no reason for me to check QueryTracker a few times a day. Not even once a day.

It's been such a part of my daily routine that it's kind of sad. And I feel kind of dumb, feeling sad about it, because obviously reaching a point where I no longer need to track my queries was the goal all along.

But still, it's a bit bittersweet.




Am I crazy? Or does that make sense?

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's a break in your routine, so I understand.
Hope you never have to check it again!

Alison Miller said...

Nah. Not weird that you miss it. I have a habit of checking MSFV and Cupid's Lit Connection and other places for great advice and contests. I don't think I'll ever stop checking because the sites I visit offer great writing advice as well, but if I ever strike agenting and publishing gold, I may not check them as often and I probably would miss it. And that's okay. Not weird. New ventures call for a little change in routine. But Query Tracker does have awesome advice. And you can be one of their success stories! Great post! Have a great week!

Catherine Stine said...

Haha, change is hard, bittersweet-AND sweet!

Bish Denham said...

Sometimes we grow past a point. Yes, we can miss what we know longer need, but isn't that how life is? Congratulations on having an agent!

Katy Upperman said...

Nope, not crazy at all. I still read all of the Literary Rambles Agent Profiles. I love my agent and definitely don't want or need a new one, but I just like being in the know. If that's wrong, I don't wanna be right. :-)

jenny said...

Makes total sense. All that checking, when all you really have to do is wait, helps generate a sense of productivity. Actually being productive could do that too, I guess, but it's not always quite as fun. ;)

mookymcd said...

I thought you meant the forum, and I was going to climb through the computer and strangle you.

But the main sight I can live with. :)

Josh said...

It's kind of cool that this exists. Maybe I'll use it someday.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I think, considering how obsessive querying makes us, it's totally normal to be going through withdrawals. :) I love QueryTracker, though I'm not active in the forums. (BTW, I recently read your query while reading the Success Stories and, yeah, it sounds pretty awesome.)

Rena said...

I understand. It's weird to suddenly not be in the same place you've been in for years. It takes time to adjust. I think it's awesome that you don't have to, but I get how you can miss part of the process as you move past it. I, for one, am a frequent checker-upper-for-comments on agents I'm subbing to.

Hart Johnson said...

HA! And I see a new rabbit hole I might get sucked into. My queries thus far have been tracked via excel spreadsheet, but if in fact it IS a rabbit hole, I might need to investigate.

Leandra Wallace said...

We humans are creatures of habit! Too bad there's not a SubmittingTracker. =)

Ninja Girl said...

This is EXACTLY how I felt when I first signed with my agent! Seriously. I just didn't want to own up to it or sound whiny/ungrateful, but it's so true. Besides it just being routine, you get used the sense of community. There's this comfort that comes from knowing that there are all these people going through the same things that you are. And when I got signed, in addition to being over the moon happy, I also felt...lonely. I don't know; maybe it's b/c I don't have a lot of agented (or really even unagented) writerly friends, but once you are repped it seems like no one really talks about the ups and downs. I kind of wish they did b/c sometimes it's nice to know you're not alone :).
Hope you're doing well!
Ninja Girl

Stephsco said...

This absolutely makes sense. At least you can continue with the forums!

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