In 2018, I closed to queries from July 1st through about August 15th, and then again from November 15th through the end of the year. My query stats for 2018 look like this:

In 2018, I received 2,609 queries, requested 109, and took on 9 clients. (Compared to 2,715 queries received in 2017, which is kind of surprising since I closed for about 12 weeks in 2018 and I didn’t close at all in 2017.) That said, you can see that I have about 20 queries outstanding from 2018, and I have about 40 of those 109 requests still under consideration.

On to the genre breakdown! In fiction:

Between fiction and non-fiction, about half of all my queries are picture books, with the rest spread out between middle grade and young adult. I received 33 illustration queries in 2018, and I’d love to see that number increase in 2019! I’d also love to see more graphic novel submissions for children and teens, and definitely more non-fiction:

Because the categories are self-reported, it seems that a lot of fiction pbs end up in the non-fiction category. I would say that I don’t actually see 300 non-fiction pb queries a year, and it might be closer to 175 – 200. I’d love to see more non-fiction picture book queries in 2019 that aren’t biographies and instead use a fun and innovative concept to explore our world, history, science, etc.!

For other things I’m looking for in 2019, I shared this Twitter thread:

I hope this helps – and if you’re querying in 2019, I wish you lots of success!

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