Today I want to talk a little bit about what my process for working through the slush pile of queries is. The agency gets a lot of queries, and tackling the inbox can be a little daunting, but I’ve devised a system that works pretty well for me.
I normally go through a set of 20-30 queries at one time. I open each email in the order I receive them. If it’s an easy no (something we don’t rep or something really poorly written), I send an immediate rejection. If I think there’s even a little potential, I’ll mark the email as unread and come back to it later.
Then I go back and reread queries. Some I’ll send a rejection on the second go through. Some I’ll mark as unread again. If the queries have sample pages, I’ll look at those then. Repeat the process until the queries have sufficiently been whittled down. I make requests from whatever is left.
For a batch of 20-30 queries I request 0-2 partials. I maybe once asked for 3, but that’s pretty rare. Also, I requested more when I was newer. Then I get a new batch of queries and the process starts again!