Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Mar 3

Your teen girl MC being "bored" by other girls is not a selling point for me. #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Mar 3

Too often I see queries for picture books by people who are clearly not reading PBs. This goes for all writing, but if you're writing PBs it is crucial that you *study* picture books published in the last 1-3 years--for format, for voice, for content, for inspiration. #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Feb 27

Here's your semi-regular reminder to remove "aspiring" from your bio. If you write, you're a writer! #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Feb 17

Writers, if an agent gives you less than a week to accept or decline their offer of representation, that's unreasonable. Insist on at least a full week, not just to give other agents time to read, but to give YOURSELF time to make this very important business decision. #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Jan 29

Queries are professional correspondence. With that in mind, here's a checklist of things *not* to do:

-Don't misgender agents
-Don't overshare personal details (no TMI please)
-Don't lie/misrepresent yourself/your work
-Don't drop F bombs
-Don't be aggressive/entitled


Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · Jan 2

It is not appropriate to privately message agents on Facebook, or to DM them for updates on the status of your submission. We know you're waiting. We know you're excited. But we also need to maintain professional boundaries. #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 29 Dec 2017

If you accidentally query an agent while they are closed to queries, never fear--you can query again when they reopen! #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 26 Nov 2017

Writers, if an agent invites you to submit again in the future, they mean your *next* book. One that shows growth and improvement. Not a manuscript you shelved and are bringing out on a Hail Mary. #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 18 Oct 2017

I received a query for *15* manuscripts. Please don't submit more than one unless you've been specifically invited to do so. #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 16 Oct 2017

If an agent says they only accept finished manuscripts, then we mean it. You are not the exception. #toughlove #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 5 Oct 2017

Is there advice somewhere telling everyone to send requested materials in a new email? Can I request that that? #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 19 Sep 2017

Please don't send your picture in your query. Even if your eye makeup is 🔥 #querytip

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 26 Aug 2017

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller

TL;DR? #QueryTip

Replying to @laurenspieller

What's your character want? What's in the way of them getting it? What's at stake on an external AND internal level if they fail? #QueryTip