This put a certain self-published author's experience into crystalline perspective. She said that she sent out 295 queries to agents and got back nothing. Well, if she'd sent out that many in a very short time, they couldn't possibly all follow individual submission guidelines, or even have had anything but the right email address on them.
I think I'm bad in the exact opposite way. I've been wrestling with my first query since December was in the single digit days. It's now December 17th and I still don't have it put together. Total length? Probably around 200 words, maybe less, including a bio. I should be faster than this, but I'm cutting myself a little slack because it's my first one. Hopefully each one will be easier to write, and I'll have things to cut and paste as I progress--teasers, full length synopses (thank you internet for finally providing me with a plural of synopsis, assuming it's correct,) bios of various lengths, a website that's professional enough in appearance that I won't be embarrassed to include a link, etc.
Agent queries aside, I got a huge amount of help for my ailing website (thank you Steve, you're a god!) and great support from my fellow INKers and a sense that yes, this is possible. I can become a published author. And Jay, you're beautiful. Thanks for everything. See you at Radcon!