Back in January a friend in my writing group sent an email to everyone letting us know of Firebrand Literary's Query Holiday.
For one month during the holidays, this literary agency would accecpt the first chapter of a finished work without a query letter.
I took advantage and sent off a submission. One of the agents kept a tally on the number of submissions they were receiving and the number of full manuscripts they had requested so far. I kept up with the tally, which grew and grew.
By the end, they had received right around 3,750 submissions. From those they ended up requesting, give or take, right around 100 full manuscripts.
Mine was one of those (!).
Don't know how long it will take to hear back (weeks? months?) - all I know is that I sent the manusript off at the beginning of February.
I'm still waiting, but it's a good kind of wait.