Which brings me to this past week. I have had a few conversations with writer friends regarding this issue: Knowing when its best to send a query.
Ever hear of "Decision Fatigue"? Wikipedia defines "Decision Fatigue" as
In decision making and psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual, after a long session of decision making. It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs in decision making. For instance, judges in court have been shown to make poorer decisions later in the day. Decision fatigue may also lead to consumers making poor choices with their purchases.There is a paradox in that "people who lack choices seem to want them and often will fight for them"; yet at the same time, "people find that making many choices can be [psychologically] aversive."
As if us writers did not have enough to think about, it is worth giving thought to when your manuscript hits an agent or editor's desk. Of course we cannot be in complete control over this. But giving thought to the time of day and day of the week that you query could be beneficial.
Querying over the weekend or early Monday might not be the best, due to the mail piling up over the weekend. However, querying at the very end of the week when editors and agents are tired/overwhelmed from the week might not be in your benefit either.
- NOT querying during holidays/long weekends. Most people return to work after such days to be faced with an overflowing inbox. This almost guarantees your manuscript will be buried.
- what is going on in the publishing world. Querying during busy times such as the annual ALA conference when most editors and agents are "away from their desks" is not advised.
- If you can, keeping a tab on the individual you are querying. Don't query them the week they are getting married or on vacation, etc.
Now its time to Weigh In! What time of day and day of the week to you think its best to query?