I am at the shopping around period with my latest book. I'm doing so without an agent. Even agentless, I still want to get it in front of the most editors who may be interested in my work. Of course.
So, here's my dilemma: Should I send out queries or partial packages?
That's simple, you say. Send whichever the submission page for that publishing house suggests.
Ah, but it's not that simple and I'll tell you why. Often what the web submission page states and what other resources (RWA magazine or editor websites) suggest are two different things. Query vs. a partial, for example, as well as a preference for snail mail over email, or the other way around.
I posed this question to some writer friends the other day. Here are some of their suggestions:
Always send a partial. Queries are a crap shoot.
Send queries, but attach or enclose a few sample pages so the editor can see a sample of your writing style.
Send a query letter first. If that editor doesn't respond, send a partial to another editor at the same house.
As for my personal thoughts on this -- I dunno. I've had requests and gotten rejections in the past with both queries and partials, although I've gotten more form rejections when I've only sent a query.
So, what is your take? What do you tend to do? What has worked best for you in the past? ie: Gotten the most full requests? Thanks ahead of time for your help, and of course, please don't use specific editors' or house names.