Monday, October 28, 2013

Nightmare on Query Street Sum Up

There can't be any doubt that Nightmare on Query Street was a huge, gigantic success. This was thanks to the agents and the writers who sent in their entries!

I had the best time and hope everyone else did too! I can't wait until next year!

So now some statistics because (like in sports) you have to endlessly rehash the numbers.

Overall, between the three blogs and 30 entries, there were 75 84 requests! That is one amazing number!

Team Minion had 28 32 requests. And what is even better, every single Minion got at least one! 

Minions had:
1 Scream
18 22 Shrieks
9 Shivers

As for the rest of the numbers:

Monsters had:
1 2 Scream
12 13 Shrieks
10 Shivers

Spooks had:
14 17 Shrieks
10 Shivers

Any ninja agents are very, very welcome to make further request now that the contest is over. I'm sure the Minions, Monsters, and Spooks won't mind in the least.

Thanks to everyone and see you next year! 


  1. For me, the nicest part about NOQS was feeling that, in a way, the usual querying tables were turned. Instead of being an unknown voice out of the blue begging for attention in an agent's inbox, we got to be thirty hand-picked entries. Being pre-vetted and getting somebody's vote of confidence -- not my husband or friends or colleagues, but totally impartial strangers -- does a lot to raise the profile of your writing and make agents slow down to take it really seriously, it seems. I'm just floored by the whole experience and terribly grateful for it!

    1. I have to agree. This has all been a much needed confidence boost--and sometimes that's all we need to keep tunneling through query trenches. Thank you all again so much!

  2. It was a thrill to be a part of this contest. Thanks so much to you, SC, and Michael for pulling this together.

  3. Such a great contest! and thanks again for all the hard work you, SC and Mike put into making NOQS a huge success.

  4. It was a wonderful contest and I'm glad I got to be part of it. Thanks so much for your hard work. :)

  5. Those are some great numbers!

  6. I actually wrote an article on NOQS detailing all the important statistics like the genres, age categories, wordcount, bio of authors, query length, query format, hooks, synopsis, a brief critique, etc of all the entries that got selected, but for some lazy reasons, didn't publish it on my blog, which is a work in progress.

    But that research had been very helpful to me at least. If I get time, I would publish it to help newbies like me. :)

    1. I'm impressed. That's great work. Just remember that the subjective side (taste leads to many decisions) of the business makes stats hard to quantify.