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 · 5d

In the grand scheme of things titles aren’t too important at the querying stage because they can/will change once a publisher acquires a MS. However, I will admit having a great/smart title can definitely get my attention when I’m perusing queries! #pubtip #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Aug 13

When submitting a MS, please double space your work. It's easier on my eyes and helps me with adding comments/notes that I might what to discuss. Also, you don't have to do any fancy formatting with font and stylizing the pages. It's a MS not a published book. #querytip #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Aug 1

If your work is ready, you shouldn't hold back on sending out queries until a Twitter pitch contest happens. Most agents tend to find their clients from the slush in their inboxes 99% of the time. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jun 25

If you want to write children's lit, then you need to read children's lit, and I mean CURRENT children's lit. You shouldn't be comping your work to C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, or Roald Dahl. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jun 9

If you’ve trolled and harassed an agent’s client, it’s best that you not query that agent because they will know. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jun 6

I think the thing I'd like to see less of in a query letter is the term "coming-of-age" to describe a YA manuscript. I've seen this term at least 30 times today. If it's YA, it's understood to be coming-of-age. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · May 30

If you write fiction, the number of social media followers you have doesn’t matter when you’re querying agents. It’s the quality of the writing and whether it resonates with the agent. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · May 21

When I offer rep on a MS, I love to ask potential clients about other projects they're working on/plan to write. An agent should not only focus on selling your first MS, but also on your industry longevity, helping you build a brand and achieve career goals as a whole. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · May 19

It’s okay to take an offer of rep from a less experienced agent as long as they have a reputable agency behind them for support. However, double check to see if it’s an actual agent making the offer. Interns are in no way qualified or should be making offers of rep. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · May 2

Remember your agent is your #1 champion in the publishing world. Choose wisely. #pubtip #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Apr 20

It’s probably not wise to call an agent multiple times on the phone to follow up on a query or submission unless it’s listed somewhere on their agency website that it’s okay to do so. #pubtip #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Mar 23

Pitch contests are fantastic, but never underestimate the power of an old fashioned query sent to an agent’s inbox. I’ve signed the majority of my wonderful clients from queries, so it still happens! #pubtip #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Mar 7

Although the title of a MS can change drastically from acquisition to publication, it’s always helpful to have a great title in the query stage to pique an agent’s interest. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 28

Again, Twitter is not the place to pitch a project to an agent unless it's a pitch contest they're participating in, and you shouldn't use your friends to tweet your project at us as well. So unprofessional. #querytip #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 15

It’s best not to start off a query with “I’ve just completed my manuscript.” Agents don’t want to look at first drafts. It’s best to polish your work as much as possible before querying, or at least don’t tell an agent in the opening line that you haven’t done the work #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Feb 13

If you forced tailored your book’s pitch to exploit and fit the #MeToo movement, then I don’t want to see it in my inbox. #querytip

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 · Jan 28

I may speak English, Korean, and Japanese, but remember, English is my native language and when you query me, you should query me in English like you would any other literary agent. Let's hope I don't get any queries with language blunders this coming week for once. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · Jan 11

When you're using Harry Potter, LOTR, and Twilight as comp titles when you have a 25-year-old MC, it tells agents that you don't really know what you're actually writing. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · 14 Dec 2017

My native langue is English. Please don't write to me in Japanese in your query letter. #querytip