Penny Moore


Ravenclaw, Mom to Mischievous Tuxedo Cats, Corgi Lover, and Literary Agent at Empire Literary. Send me your diverse kid's lit please!


Empire Literary

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Aug 7

I can't believe I have to say this. Querying an agent and then harassing them through FB messages and Twitter DMs, especially after they've passed on your MS, is totally unprofessional and not the way to get an agent's attention. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Aug 3

There’s a lot of misinformation going around about how/why authors make the NYT list. I’d like to say take it with a grain of salt. If a book doesn’t hit the list, it doesn’t mean the publisher decided from day one that the book was going to fail and not support it. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Aug 2

Writers can get caught up w/ the # of sales an agent has when deciding on rep. Remember it’s the quality of the sales that should count, not quantity. Anyone can sell books to bad and shady publishers, but a good agent knows how to be selective and get you the right deal #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jun 8

When an agent considers a manuscript, not only are they looking for a great story, but they’re also looking for great POTENTIAL in the writer. If an agent can’t get beyond line edits and see the bigger picture, then they probably aren’t the right fit for you. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jun 8

There’s a misconception going around that having CPs who are agented and/or pubbed is better than CPs who aren’t, and I just want to say that it’s total bullshit. Having an agent or being pubbed doesn’t make any one writer better than another. A good CP is a good CP. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Apr 16

A big pet peeve of mine is when people use words like: chortled, guffawed, and snorted to describe someone laughing in their stories. Just say LAUGHED. People don't actually guffaw or chortle. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 24

If you’re considering becoming an agent, be a reader first. Instinct that tells you what makes an amazing story comes from years of reading books, and it’s impossible to be a good agent who reps fiction without that instinct. #publishingjobs #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 23

I know it's often said, but Twitter is not a place to pitch agents unless it's part of a contest that they're participating in. I never thought I'd have to add this extra layer, but it's also not wise to have multiple friends spam my feed about how I should represent you.#pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 16

One thing I can say about publishing is that you should always remember it’s a small industry, and kindness and respect can go a long way. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 16

One thing you should truly take into consideration when choosing an agent is their hunger, drive, & enthusiasm for your work. Passion for a project is so incredibly important, and sometimes it can even surpass experience. So it's good to take a chance on younger agents! #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 6

It’s always cool to make up special terms when you’re world building for SFF stories, but if you never bother to explain what those terms mean by context, or even just telling, then it’s just nonsense and a hard pass for me. #querytip #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 5

Writers ask if it’s worth hiring a freelance editor to help. My philosophy is that it’s not a bad idea if you do your research. There are many random people who call themselves editors and writing coaches, but don’t actually have an editorial work history or track record. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jan 15

When an agent offers rep, it's probably not wise to tell them you don't like doing revisions. Even if you don't want to revise and edit for the agent, 99.9% you'll have to do them for an editor if your book sells. There's always room for improvement. #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jan 13

Publishing tip: If you’ve trolled an author online, it’s probably best not to query that author’s agent for representation. If you’ve been nasty to any of my clients due to ignorance or just for the pure sake of being nasty, I’m never going to rep you. #pubtip