Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 2d

What is your favorite outlining tool? I often recommend the One Page Synopsis guide (on publishing crawl website) by Susan Dennard, and Story Genius by Lisa Cron. What other tools do you find instrumental when plotting a new novel? #amwriting #querytip #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 3d

Hattie Gunter @HattiesaurusRex

@NaomisLitPix I'm struggling a bit with POV. I've recently switched my MS to 3rd omniscient, and as it's my first real foray into that POV, I would love some pointers if you have them!

Replying to @HattiesaurusRex

Hi Hattie! Unfortunately I have very limited experience with 3rd omniscient, as it's not my reading preference. I hope there are other #askagent agents hanging around that can answer this! #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 3d

To answer an #askagent question more broadly - Yes, you absolutely can comp characters/settings in addition to full titles: "If Harry Potter were thrust into the patriarchal world of The Handmaid's Tale..." when showing us your book's hook in a query. #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 5d

Reed Rothe @ReedRothe

Any advice compressing a tandem narrative containing several important characters into a query? Focus on characters that appear early? Try squeezing in everyone and risk muddying the water? Focus on plot and premise? #askagent

Replying to @ReedRothe

I truly despise it when there are like 500 proper nouns for me to keep straight in a query. Focus it down to the hook: What is the story about? Tell me that, using the characters who matter around that hook. #askagent #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Apr 9

#querytip using too many proper nouns like names of ppl & places muddles a query. No matter how creative your names are,they aren't what makes me request. Show me plot. Show me stakes. Show me relationships & arc. Make me need the STORY - I may ask you2 change names later anyway.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Apr 1

Here's how I see showing vs telling. THREAD
Tell: "He felt defeated."
Incompletely shown: "His shoulders sagged."
Shown and immersed: "His shoulders sagged in defeat."
#amwriting #amediting #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Mar 31

Erin Hahn @writer_ep_hahn

My New MC Luke is the cutest and I want to write him forever. pic.twitter.com/ryhmtPKNn0

A great example of what makes "voice" stand out in a manuscript. Give a character personality through narrative. It doesn't have to be funny (tho it can be, as in this example), just FULL OF PERSONALITY. #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Mar 30

S. L. Valentine @SLValentine1

@NaomisLitPix Thank you, I understand. I'm just aware of the SFF "everyone's writing a series" trope and I'm thinking there is a stereotype there for some agents that I want to avoid (maybe I just spend too much time on Reddit!) I've also got another standalone WIP to pitch first as well.

Replying to @SLValentine1

I see. Well,I don't speak for other agents, but I would not request a 400k word book subbed to me. I need word count of the book I will ask to read: bk 1, if a series. I don't need total series wordcount in query, nor all requested books sent at once b4 I've read first. #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Feb 23

A #querytip re: evolving equality in fantasy:
Plz don't send me evil creatures w/defining feature of "black."There are so many ways to represent evil w/o resorting to features readers associate w/society's perception of dark color=evil/dangerous. Readers of color deserve better.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Feb 22

I truly love it when a query tells me the personal connection that drove you to write the book. Just one (seriously: 1) line telling me why you care about the story, or where the idea came from. It helps me see what you wanted to accomplish,&if I can help you reach that #querytip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Feb 12

I am open for queries! Please see what I'm looking for here:
bookendsliterary.com/submissions/
#querytip #amquerying #amwriting
Submit to me here:
QueryMe.Online/NaomiDavis

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jan 7

On a serious note, #querytip - I get even more excited to read your book when you mention which Hogwarts House you are in.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jan 7

Super minor Agent PSA #querytip - in a query, there is no need to define "fiction" or "nonfiction." I am, in fact, familiar with these terms.

Other terms an agent generally knows: "book," "write," and even "condescension."

Super familiar with these terms.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 6 Jun 2017

#querytip I love when story has quirky/unique voice, but I'm looking for clear and concise info in query. Dazzle me w/ voice in story, plz!

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 25 May 2017

Be sure you follow @InklingsAgency for some tips about what #rejection feedback might mean from an agent's perspective! #querytip #query

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 28 Mar 2017

#querytip but I DO love to know why you wrote a book, what you hoped to accomplish/teach/learn. No dream/goal is silly. Share your joy!