Did you get an agent first or send Query to publisher first? I did both when I started out and had something I thought good enough. In the end my first novel was published without an agent and I got an agent after. It’s up to you how you approach things. If you’ve got a great novel and feel an agent will be interested (essentially, will they feel they can make money from it) then send to an agent. If your work is more suitable to a smaller press, send it without an agent as smaller presses and agents generally (I say generally) don’t mix.
About how long after your initial Query or contact to Agent/Publisher did you receive a response and then a contract/deal? There’s no answer to this question. All agents and publishers are different. The best thing to do is follow their individual guidelines.
How did they contact you initially (email, phone, snail mail)? These days, almost everything is done by email.
Can you give any advice on how to write proper Query emails?.. I know there are many suggestions and tips online, but I’d like to hear from a published writer. There’s some good advice online. I know this guy personally. He’s the real deal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJEa4LtnWU&t=1365s
If you like(d) someone’s Work on Wattpadd, are you open to (if you haven’t already) given that author’s contact info to you current agent/publisher? I don’t think they’d be interested in what I thought. Part of the process is going through the submissions/rejections mill. I realise it’s frustrating but we’ve all been there. In fact, we’re always going through it. Even published writers.
I think that’s it for now…btw, thanks. And please, only reply to the questions that you feel are appropriate.