JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Jul 11

#WritingTip The first page is your big chance to hook your reader:

Start with a great first line,
raise a compelling question (or 2-3);
introduce the protagonist (make the reader care); and
launch into a scene with conflict.

#amrevising #querytip

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Jul 6

#QueryTip No need to send a query to me as an exclusive. I expect and want you to query other agents. You deserve the best representation for your work, be it me or someone else. Query far and wide to find the right fit for you. #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · May 16

#QueryTip If you wish to send a revision 6+ months after I pass, please revise the entire submission: the pitch, the query letter, and most importantly, the opening pages. (If it reads the same as before, I will sadly pass again.) #amquerying #amrevising

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Apr 18

#QueryTip Submit only one #PB project when querying. Choose the one you think is the strongest. If I like it, I will ask for several more projects to see more of your work. #amquerying #amrevising #amwriting

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Apr 16

#QueryTip When I say a project is "not the right fit for my list," either I (a) already have something too similar, (b) have too many projects in the category, or (c) don't feel I am the best agent for the project. (You'd be better served by someone else.) #amquerying #agenting

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Apr 6

#QueryTip #SubmissionTip Please include page numbers in your submission when sending a full ms. Page numbers are very helpful for critique submissions, so I can mention specific spots when giving editorial suggestions. #amwriting #amquerying #critiques

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Apr 3

#QueryTip If a MG or YA project is set in the past (not current/now), note the historical relevance for the era--either social or political--and why the past will resonate with and give insight to your readers today. #amwriting #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Mar 27

#QueryTip Before you query, check the opening pages. Does your opening line raise a question? Does the story start in scene? Are the stakes clearly established? Make sure you engage the reader (agent). #amwriting #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Mar 20

#PB #QueryTip Please send one query with your most polished picture book project. If I like it, I will ask to see other work, so there's no need to send multiple queries for different projects. #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Mar 8

#QueryTip Grab the attention of your reader (or agent or editor) with a dynamite first line. The best opening lines are declarative statements that raise more than one question, and immediately establish tone and voice. #amwriting #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Feb 21

#QueryTip Know how your book compares to titles in the market. To find word counts + more of comps for your WIP, go to arbookfinder.com/UserType.aspx, search for the book, and click on the title for reading level, word count, etc. #amquerying #amrevising

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Feb 21

#QueryTip When I see a submitted manuscript has 140K+ words, I know the manuscript can be further streamlined and is not polished or ready for me yet. #amrevising #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Feb 20

#QueryTip It's always so hard for me not to respond to queries that aren't good fits for me but have great potential. If you're querying, don't give up. Keep writing, keep revising, keep querying. #amwriting #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Feb 2

#QueryTip If you receive a revise and resubmit request, do more than quick fixes. Take time to significantly rewrite, revise, and polish. Submit your very best work. #amwriting #amrevising #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Feb 1

#QueryTip When researching agents, some questions to consider. Are they editorial? How much will they expect you to revise? Do their expectations mesh with yours? What is their communication style? How much will they share with you? #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Jan 29

#QueryTip Think twice about your prologue before you query. Is it really the best place to launch the novel? I find most of the prologues I receive are simply confusing, and when I skip down to the first page, the story begins. #amwriting #amquering

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Jan 20

Annie Hwang @AnnieAHwang

Voice is the thing that reveals itself when you are no longer self-conscious about the fact that you are writing--also happens to be what I look for before all else in queries #writingtip #querytip

Like @AnnieAHwang, an authentic voice is what draws me into a story. Just this morning, I received a query with a distinct, funny, confiding first-person #YA voice. Within minutes, I'd inhaled the first 10 pages and requested the full. #QueryTip #WritingTip

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Jan 12

#QueryTip Send queries in rounds, a handful of agents at a time. If those agents pass or you don't hear back, give yourself time between each round to rethink your strategy/pitch, revise, etc. Then try again. Revision is magical! #DontGiveUp #amquerying

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · 8 Dec 2017

#QueryTip When looking for agents: Go to writing conferences where you can meet agents in person. Attend their sessions. Follow them on social media. Listen to podcasts. Read interviews. Who seems like a good fit for you? #amquerying