Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Jul 13

Just realized I maybe should share this with all y'all in the query trenches... #querytip #inklingstiphttps://t.co/TMy22xnvOh

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Oct 4 2016

This is always a no for me: "The first ## pages of my MS are [syn for backstory], so [alternative sample explained or requested] #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 4 2016

I'm not sure if a query needs a -clear ending- or just the base story line. @whitleyabell thoughts about query? https://t.co/qdW3xdw2nR

.@veganlife_lopez @JustThrashTalk No, you definitely don't want to give away the ending in query letter ... #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

Oh, and DO feel free to ask agent to talk more if you have questions or concerns after thinking over their proposed revision plans #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

And most of all, DO be excited, but DON'T think you have to accept the offer if you didn't click. You have the right to say "No". #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

...beyond that and it starts to feel like a game to see how high you can get that total # of offers before decision day #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

But DON'T email again to all (offering and still considering) w/ each new offer. 1-2 nudges is enough #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

And DO feel free tell the first agent you're now considering other offers #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

And DO be prepared for slow responses within that timeframe... we try to drop everything to read, but clients still come first #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

DO be prepared for agents to ask who is offering... we like to know who our competition is. And our odds. #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

DON'T send mass email to all agents with query/MS saying you don't like the offering agent and would prefer any one (It happens) #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

DO alert other agents w/ MS of pending offer and ask that they get back to you by X/X if interested. #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

DON'T accept offer on call unless you're 100% sure you don't want to think it over. No need to email later changing mind. #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 3 2016

Dos & Don'ts of being offered rep: DO let the offering agent know other agents are still reading and ask for ~ a week to decide #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 19 2016

2. Quote/paraphrase #MSWL tweet & say how your MS relates to, fills, or flips the request. Make it work for you. Sell, sell, sell. #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 19 2016

Best way to query using #MSWL : 1. Include # in subject, formatted per agent's guidelines ex., "#MSWL Query Abell: BOOK TITLE" #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Aug 19 2016

#MSWL is a great way to grab agents' attention, but be sure to reference our personal posts, not someone else's. We get confused. #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Jul 26 2016

#QueryTip : maybe don't forward a query showing the chain of agents who have already received and passed. Every query should be a clean slate

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Mar 2 2016

Authors, please, please, PLEASE use your query letter to set the stakes, not just the scene. #querytip

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Jun 12 2015

#querytip : If an agent passes, don't argue. Esp not over several emails. You're next MS could be THE ONE, & doing so only burns your bridges