119 queries (over 3 books)
7 requested partials
4 requested fulls
27 no answers after 1 year
7 current queries outstanding (sorry guys!)
But the most important statistic:
What I've learned in just about 3 years of querying.
--The book you think is ready for prime time probably isn't. I spent a year sending out 48 queries for a novel that was absolutely not ready. The fact that I got only one partial request, 35 form letter rejections, and 12 non-responders was a big clue. The book that got the most attention was novel number 3. Out of 19 answered queries for that manuscript, there were 5 requests for partials, and 4 requests for fulls. That alone tells me something about the difference between the two books.
--Queries are hard to write. Find a critique group, read agent blogs to find advice specific to writing a good query and a good pitch paragraph. The query that finally resulted in an offer or representation was in its 10th revision.
--Patience is more than a virtue, it's essential in this game. But so is persistence. Giving up means the answer is no.
--An agent is only the beginning. An important beginning, yes, but now comes the hard part. Up until now, I've been writing only for me. The only expectations and deadlines I had were self imposed with no consequence if I didn't meet them. Now the game changes, and as professionally as I approached my writing before, I need to double that.