Michelle Witte

@michellewitte

Kidlit agent w/@mansionstreet. I make & sell jewelry: etsy.me/29hz653 Some people think I'm funny. You should probably be worried about those people.

Utah

Mansion Street

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 26 Jun 2017

#querytip If you're querying & change your email address for some reason, let agents know. Every once in awhile I get emails bouncing back.

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

+You have no idea how helpful it is to open a ms and remember which one it is immediately w/out having to search query inbox. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

Another formatting #querytip (kinda): When I request ms (full or partial) I ask for author to include query letter as first page of ms. +

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

These might seem like obvious #querytip's that everyone already knows, but you'd be surprised by how many writers don't do these things.

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

And make sure to include your contact info in the manuscript document itself. Not just author name and book title. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

Although I just upload a ms to my ereader instead of printing it out, I still need that info easily accessible. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

Also, make sure to put page numbers, author name, manuscript title on every page (in header, footer, whatevs). #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

All of this is to say—make it easy for an agent to read your manuscript. Annoyances do not make for ideal submission reading. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

More ms formatting fun: only ONE (1) space after a period. That's another holdover from typewriter/early word processor days. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

Those formatting issues, btw, come from antiquated (i.e., pre-2000) advice, but word processing has evolved greatly since then. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

For the love of commas, use italics instead of underlining. That's one I can't easily search & replace, and it drives me BATTY. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

Standard manuscript formatting: 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced. JUST SAY NO TO COURIER. (It's annoying to read.) #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 21 Sep 2015

I like it when writers mention social media accounts and author websites in a query. Makes google-stalking easier. #notkidding #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 28 Aug 2015

Strong verbs can make a blah query extraordinary—but don't go overboard to where it looks like a thesaurus barfed on your query. #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 4 Aug 2015

Part 2 of 4 in my series on Magical Realism is up on the blog now. What Magical Realism ISN'T: michellewittebooks.com/2015/08/what-m… #MSWL #querytip

Michelle Witte @michellewitte · 19 May 2015

The phrase I most dread seeing in query letters is "I wrote this book to teach children..." Unless it's like a how-to, just NO. #querytip