Lynnette Novak


Associate agent at The Seymour Agency. I'm actively building my list. See my pinned tweet for deets.

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Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Nov 1

Just a reminder... I don't open attachments unless I've requested them. Sending me your query as an attachment means I won't get to read it. ☹️ #amquerying #pubtip #amagenting

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Sep 27

I’m not saying these authors are doing that, but it happens. If you notify agents of your offer & they pass, don’t take that to mean the agent who offered is wrong, & that your project sucks. It could be as simple as a timing issue. 6/6 #amagenting #pubtip #amquerying

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Sep 27

I might have offered on these projects but can’t keep 'em all. Keep this in mind when U get an offer. Only nudge agents if you’re prepared to take the offer. Don’t use it as a tool to get agents to read quickly. You might not like the results. 5/6 #amagenting #pubtip #amquerying

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Sep 27

That’s not the case here. I don’t have the luxury of reading these projects & sitting on them while I decide if I’m in love or “in like.” To be real, I won’t have time to read 5 projects & get my client work done in such a short time frame. 4/6 #amagenting #pubtip #amquerying

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Sep 27

While that’s exciting, because I have 5 gems in my pile, it’s also frustrating. Even if I love them, I can’t offer on all 5 at once. Normally, if there weren’t offers, I would have the time to space out my offers (assuming I love them). 3/6 #amagenting #pubtip #amquerying

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Sep 27

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak

In the publishing industry, you hear a lot about how “timing is everything.” Here’s an example of how timing could affect whether or not you get an offer of rep from an agent. 1/6 #amagenting #pubtip #amquerying

There’s something special about October 10, 2018. I’m not sure what it is, but I know there has to be something. Over the past week & a half, FIVE authors have told me they’ve received offers of representation and need an answer by October 10. 2/6 #amagenting #pubtip #amquerying

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Sep 26

Writing is hard. Revisions are hard. Rejections are hard. But, you can do this. Because YOU are STRONG. #writers #amwriting #pubtip

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Sep 15

To those #amquerying, if an agent rejects your current project, you can still query him/her with another project. Don't think the door is closed forever. All it takes is the right project with the right agent at the right time. Don't give up! #amagenting #pubtip

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Aug 13

Please don't say you've met me, when I KNOW we haven't met because I've never been to the place where you said we'd met. #pubtip #amquerying #amwriting

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Aug 1

When #amquerying, don't mention you researched an agent & chose her because of A, B, & C, unless A, B, & C are actually true. Kinda defeats the purpose otherwise. Just sayin'... Don't make stuff up to impress. Don't use form "personalized" queries. We see through them. #pubtip

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Jul 6

Guys, if you send me a query as an attachment, I'll delete it without opening it. ☹️ Please don't send attachments unless agents ask for them. If you're not sure, go to their website for submission guidelines. THANKS! 😁 #amquerying #pubtip #writers

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · May 3

Reminder... Rejections aren't about YOU. Could be the story, the writing of that story, the premise, bad timing, wrong fit, etc. But, agents aren't rejecting YOU. Push past the sting of rejection and keep plugging away. #perseverance #amquerying #pubtip #amagenting

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Apr 23

Who's your main character? What's his goal? What's keeping him from his goal? What's at stake if he doesn't get it? INCLUDE ALL THIS. PALEEEEZE. Even better if you can do so with the same tone as your MS and if you can show your voice. #pubtip 4/4 THANKS!!!!

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Apr 23

I want to have an idea if it's in the average WC range or not. Then, I'll watch for where we could expand or tighten the story. If you don't include your WC, I wonder if you think you have to hide it. 🧐 It's also nice to know your title, even if it might change. #pubtip 3/?

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Apr 23

I want to know the genre and category. If I don't represent it, there's no sense reading the query. Sorry, but no matter how amazing it is, if I don't rep it, I don't rep it. Period. What's your word count? If it's too high or too low, it's not an auto R. #pubtip 2/?

Lynnette Novak @Lynnette_Novak · Apr 23

I get it. Writing queries is hard, but you still need to tell me about your story. And I don't mean saying it's different, special, or the next Harry Potter. Telling me NOTHING about your MS and just adding your pages to the email doesn't do anything for either of us. #pubtip 1/?