Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · May 7

If an agent asks for a synopsis, should you:
(a) re-paste in your query or refer agent back to your query
(b) not provide or put "N/A" or " . . . " in the field
(c) explain that your book would be ruined by spoilers or is too broad to summarize
(d) none of the above

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Apr 20

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller










#QueryTip #LifeTip #ComeON

I whole-heartedly second this, and also...

maybe don't tell an agent they have their dad's smile or their dad is so proud of them. that's just creepy.

#querytip #wtf

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · 13 Jul 2017

Just realized I maybe should share this with all y'all in the query trenches...
#querytip #inklingstip #whyagentspass

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · 4 Oct 2016

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

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · 3 Sep 2016

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

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · 3 Sep 2016

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell

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

Replying to @whitleyabell

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)

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · 3 Sep 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

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · 26 Jul 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