Joelle Delbourgo


NYC-area literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, dedicated environmentalist, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.

Montclair, NJ (NYC area)

Joelle Delbourgo Associates

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · Feb 21

Writers: A query letter that launches into the plot before identifying the premise or "hook" generally fails to get my attention as a lit agent. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · Feb 14

Writers, when querying agents, check agency guidelines online. Most lit agencies have extensive, informative websites detailing how to submit. Electronic submission generally preferred. At JDA,we have phased out hard copy submission. #pubtip,#amwriting, #publishing

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · Feb 12

If you choose to self-publish, you need to embrace ALL the many roles of a publisher to be successful. Books do not just sell themselves. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · Feb 10

Writers, when querying agents, refrain from telling us your book is "big" or our next "bestseller." It's a big turn-off, and chances are, we may delete your query altogether. Instead, hook us in with the premise or thesis of your proposed book. Just sayin' #pubtip, #publishing

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · Jan 10

Before contacting a lit agent, check their website. Are you a good fit? What are their submission guidelines? How do they prefer to be contacted? Your diligence will payoff, giving you a much better chance of getting their attention. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 14 Dec 2017

Authors: it is better to use 1 or 2 forms of social media well to build your platform and reach readers than to try to do too many different things, and not be effective with any one of them. Find what's right for you and stick to it. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 20 Nov 2017

So many queries go unread (by me) because of truly terrible titles. Vet your title with trusted readers before sending your query letter to agents. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 31 Oct 2017

Your work on your book doesn't stop after the initial publicity. Each day ask yourself: What can I do to connect my book to readers? #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 10 Oct 2017

Writers who create community, supporting other writers and their readers, are taking important steps to building their platforms. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 24 Aug 2017

Writers: when an agent turns down your submission, sending a snarky response back is never a good idea. Better to keep a door open. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 2 Aug 2017

Before sending your query letter to an agent, check his/her website. Are you a good match? Are you following submission guidelines? #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 24 May 2017

Received a query from a writer today that was one mega dense paragraph that went on and on, & hurt my eyes. An instant pass! #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 20 May 2017

Before contacting an agent or publisher, do your research. Is your proposed book a good fit? Customize your query. #pubtip, #publishing

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 15 May 2017

Writers: A query letter beginning with "This is a multiple submission" as an opening line is unlikely to grab my attention. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 27 Apr 2017

Before contacting a lit agent, check website to make sure it's a fit--and follow the submission guidelines precisely. #pubtip, #publishing