Naomi Davis

@NaomisLitPix

Agent with Inklings Literary Agency. She/Her. I giggle uncontrollably at autocorrects and movie bloopers.

Inklings Literary Agency

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Sep 10

Psst... #amwriting #amediting #amquerying authors. I would like you read this thread, and then I would like you to make every effort to lift up another creative person who might be struggling today in this challenging, competitive industry. #querytip #writetip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 9

So, we all start somewhere.
Here's a new video, in which I roast my early writing for you.
Spoiler alert: IT'S BAD. 😂
Enjoy.
#amwriting #querytip #amediting

youtu.be/oJ7DlC0CyWw

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 7

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix

A note about queries:
I am NOT picky about word count.
Write what the story needs. As long as you're not over 200,000 or unusually short for your genre, I'm not going to reject a perfectly good book for something like word count being outside my expectations. #querytip #askagent

If it's really a problem and the book needs to be split in two or something, I'll recommend that. But I will never reject solely based on word count.
That said, it's pretty easy for me to tell on pg1 if those words are all used wisely. Make it sharp. #askagent #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 6

So I read queries on the treadmill most often.
Here's a sample of thoughts I have while reading actual queries.
#querytip #writetip #askagent #amquerying
youtube.com/watch?v=svsOny…

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 31

It's 11pm where I am, and I've just put my 12 yr old to bed after a long and enthusiastic conversation about the books they are reading and loving. What I've learned is GOLD for those #amwriting #amediting #amquerying Middle Grade. #writetip #querytip A #thread of quotes:

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 25

#querytip #askagent "Does it look bad in my query if I've been previously repped but we parted ways?"
NO it does not. Someone before me saw your talent. This is a good thing.
Sometimes agent/client relationships break down. This is sometimes no fault, or fault of one party. 1/

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 21

Hello! Your friendly Saturday reminder that if a literary agent wants you to pay up front - a reading fee, editing fee, etc - run screaming to another literary agency!
We get paid when you get paid. Full stop. #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

My point is: if you’ve received this/other feedback &it stung, I don’t mean to be cruel, but get used to it. Take it as armor&strap it on. There’s more coming even once you “make it.” Have to learn to constantly improve, besting your own best to dodge the feedback of “familiar.”

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

This may make you think: THIS INDUSTRY IS SO HARD. And yep. Yep it is. Even once you nail this and land representation, authors get this feedback from publishers. And then from reviewers. And then from readers of their next book, always held in their own shadow for comparison.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

Not one of these elements, alone, is enough to push a book to greatness. It really needs a balance of all these things: originality in world, voice, plot structure, trope twist, motivation, backstory, stakes, relationships, emotional arc, etc etc etc. The list goes on.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

But no matter how original and intricate your twist on something is, nor how unique your worldbuilding, if the voice doesn’t stand out as a unique character with a unique perspective on the world, it still falls into that “too familiar” feel.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

Take that established system you love and think: how can you make this the book where readers say “What the EFF! I never would have thought of it like THIS!” How can you make this the book where readers say “I loved X but THIS book does things so differently!”

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

Fact is: readers always want something NEW. So even if you feel you’ve accomplished something familiar in a unique way, HOW familiar it is to an established readership is a very fine line to walk. Too familiar = boring. Not familiar enough = unclear readership.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

Perhaps the motivation was just the same setup I see over and over: character feels life is mundane and just wants something NEW to happen. Perhaps the backstory of the character or world felt generic. Perhaps the character feels directionless.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

Perhaps the worldbuilding was so similar to other stories that it just seemed like different characters in the same place. Common examples: a generic regency structure, a swords&sorcery structure w/no original twist, an assassin story that follows redundant assassin tropes.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

Perhaps the emotional arc was predictable, or perhaps the stakes felt predictable. Example: Princess must decide whether to save her people or forfeit her crown. Warrior must decide between his loyalty and his one true love. These tropes are familiar.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jul 12

This can be due to a number of things: perhaps the voice felt like every other story in my query box. Perhaps it felt like a copy of multiple published authors. Perhaps the structure adhered so closely to a formula that I wasn’t surprised by anything.

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