Leon Husock

@LeonHusock

Associate agent at @lperkinsagency . Ring-winner, Luckwearer, Barrel-rider, Emperor of the Lone Islands, Master of Lost-Hope. Currently open to queries.

New York

L. Perkins Agency

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Jul 30

How is it so difficult to put your name in a query? I get a lot of queries signed at the bottom of the sample pages rather than after the query itself, which is less than ideal, but I get a shocking number that have no name at all. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Jul 11

I've never received a second query for the same book from an author without going "I feel like I recognize this" and doing a quick search of my email to confirm. If you're re-querying a book, open the new query by telling me why. What's different this time? #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · May 30

It is entirely possible for a book to appeal to kids, teens, and adults. That is not how books are *marketed*. No matter who ends up reading it, books are marketed to a specific age group, so when you tell me readers 8-80 will like your book, it doesn't help. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Apr 6

Quick thread on names in queries: So in the first episode of the show Community, one of the main characters explains that he can pick up a pencil, tell you its name is Steve, and when he snaps it in half part of you dies because humans can empathize with anything. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Apr 5

Hey, queriers! Paragraph breaks are important. I know sometimes email screws up formatting, so trust me this isn't going to torpedo your query, but big blocks of unformatted text are harder to read and do your query a disservice. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Mar 19

FYI, the sample pages agents ask for in your query are basically never about your story itself; that's what the query itself is for. The sample pages are so we can get a sense for your prose. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Mar 9

The only time an agent wants you to query again is if they explicitly ask you to. If we send a rejection but include some advice, that advice does not mean "change your query and re-send". It means "for future queries, keep this stuff in mind." #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Feb 20

A quick list of things you don't need to tell agents in your query!
-Whether this is the first novel you've ever written
-How long you worked on it (especially if it's a really long time)
-Your whole life story

#querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Feb 12

I just got another query citing a MSWL where I explicitly said I don't want the thing they're offering. Please, if you're going off a MSWL to query an agent, don't just skim. Make sure it applies. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Feb 7

Just a reminder: the bar for a decent query is *so low*. Between the people who query every agent regardless of what we want, the ones who don't address us by name, and the stuff that's just gibberish, you have to really work to write a bad query. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Feb 6

Good comp titles aren't just "My book is X meets Y" or "My book is a lot like popular book Z". They should isolate discrete elements; "My book has the emotionality of X with the plot-driven tension of Y". #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Feb 5

Leon Husock @LeonHusock

Seeming like you know both the genre and the market you're working in and are savvy and familiar with the kind of books yours would be shelved with goes a long way towards getting me to take a look at your MS. #querytip

And this isn't just about "can we sell this book together?" and other commercial concerns (though those count). Knowing the writers and books that have come before you/are here right now helps you write a better book. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Feb 5

Seeming like you know both the genre and the market you're working in and are savvy and familiar with the kind of books yours would be shelved with goes a long way towards getting me to take a look at your MS. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Feb 1

This person did a better job disguising the fact that they were querying a million agents with one email than most, but that doesn't mean it wasn't painfully obvious. Don't do this. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · Jan 16

Is your book is unavoidably long (150k+) and there's really nothing you can do about it? Just acknowledging in the query that you know it's a long book helps a little. It shows that you did your homework. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · 8 Dec 2017

Can you think of a single book description (on Amazon, on the back of a paperback, wherever) that doesn't mention who the main characters are? No? Then why would you do it in a query? #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · 5 Dec 2017

Hey, if the reason you're querying me is because I'm a guy? Please save us both the trouble and don't bother. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · 4 Dec 2017

So you wouldn't think I'd have to say this, but please sign your queries. With your real name, too, not a pen name. #querytip

Leon Husock @LeonHusock · 29 Nov 2017

#querytip/#writingtip: every 5k words over 100k for a YA novel makes it harder to rep/sell. Not impossible. But harder.