Arielle Datz


Literary agent, former cheesemonger, alto, puppy lover. NO TWITTER QUERIES. Send queries to to my attention. Submission guidelines online.

Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Jul 8

To everyone waiting on publishing for something: I'm sorry. You will get through this. But once you do, there will be yet more waiting. 😴

#querytip , for serious. A lot of publishing is waiting. And learning how to keep moving forward.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Jun 14

#querytip : If your query letter opens with "Gentlemen:" as your greeting, I know you haven't done your research on my agency.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Jun 13

#querytip : Don't. Cold call. Literary agencies. Don't do it. It never works out. (I am having a day, if you couldn't tell.)

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Feb 16

Hey uh, #querytip : Don't send me a query with a screed in it about how queries are beneath you and agents have ruined writing, k?

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Jan 9

#querytip : There's absolutely no need to send a query by express mail. Complete waste of money, doesn't get your query read any faster.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Nov 18 2016

"Your website says you are looking for fantasy..." No, it doesn't, actually. #querytip

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Nov 10 2016

Just got a query of "futuristic historical fiction." That's a new one. (Ps: I'm not into it.) #querytip

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Nov 4 2016

"Dear Agent, I am submitting to you because your name came up in an agent search." Wow, so flattered. (Don't do this.) #querytip

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Sep 19 2016

#querytip : Do not. Cold call. Our agency. You found our phone #, ergo you can find our website, which has query guidelines. Please just try.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · May 20 2016

When a query is written in all caps, all I can think is, "STOP YELLING AT ME." And I delete it. #querytip

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · May 9 2016

#querytip : Learn how to use commas. I've read this line so often: "Book Title, is about..." And often that's the dealbreaker. That comma.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Mar 23 2016

#querytip : Don't write a query letter for your query letter.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Mar 15 2016

#querytip : While some of this is satire, much of it is very, very accurate. via @ElectricLit

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Feb 17 2016

#querytip : No need to say "I am querying you because I want to be published." This is stating the obvious, and wasting words.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Feb 12 2016

I just had a visceral reaction to a query letter that begins "Dear Gentlemen." Don't do that. #querytip

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Jan 19 2016

#querytip : You have my submission info; send queries and follow-ups there. Do not query me on Twitter, as it wastes both your time and mine.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Nov 23 2015


Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Oct 27 2015

#querytip : Don't just send me a link to your website, or your blog, or your Amazon page. That's a fast way to immediate deletion.

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · Oct 27 2015

WOW I'm getting a lot of queries. Please remember: do your research, both on me and on how to query. Look at what I've added to #querytip .