Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · 3h

How NOT to query an agent:

Don't tell me my smile or my young/vibrant appearance on my profile was what persuaded you to query me...

#amquerying #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · 3h

I have finally caught up to October in my query box! If you subbed earlier and haven't gotten a response, you might be in the Maybe pile 😉 #amquerying #amagenting #querytip

Susan Graham @Grahamophones · 9h

#querytip #subtip - Agents don't market your book or sell your book to bookstores. We aren't publicists. That's not what we do, loves.

Mackenzie Walton @mackenziewalton · 10h

Just a reminder that if your book is accepted, withdraw the submission from other publishers/agents ASAP. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 12h

An "exclusive" submission sent to dozens of agents, not BCCd
Citing a connection we don't have
In a genre I don't represent
THIS is what gets auto-deleted, friends. Don't stress about your small stuff. Follow directions, do a good job, do your homework. Query well. #pubtip

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 12h

#amwriting #writetip #amediting #querytip Filter words are a common problem in self editing. Look thru your MS for "felt, realized, thought, decided, understood, knew, saw," etc. Replace w/stronger verbs & vivid description to reduce distance between reader & character. Example:

michellebrower @michellebrower · 1d

You had better believe that if you address your query to me "Dear Sir" it's getting deleted unread #querytip

Susan Graham @Grahamophones · 2d

Hello! #subtip #querytip - if you query an agent & say someone recommended them or it's a referral, make sure that that person & the agent actually... have met or know who each other are.

Jess Errera @thisJESStin · 2d

Please don't just say you queried me b/c I represent YA--what other interests of mine does your ms explore? What other genres define your story? What likes or dislikes do we share? Why would we be a great fit? #querytip

Alex Barba @AlexandraBarba · 2d

No, having prior published work/being an established author is NOT a requirement! #querytip

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 2d

Let’s just go ahead and ban the word “bildungsroman” from query letters, k? Glad we agree there. #querytip

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · 4d

#querytip Guys, agents don't talk about word count limits on projects to be assholes. They want you to produce work you can sell, and word count is part of that

HollowayLiterary @HollowayLit · 5d

When #Querying, make sure the stakes are clear! Who are your characters, and what do they stand to gain or lose? #QueryTip

BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit · 5d

A Friday #QueryTip from Jessica Faust... keep this in mind as you write your queries, folks! instagram.com/p/Bo1VOfZHPMY/…

Alex Slater @abuckslater · 6d

Axe Slaughter @abuckslater

Repeat what OG @johnmcusick said a while back: these videos from @michaeltuckerla at LESSONS FROM THE SCREENPLAY provide excellent insights to screenwriters and novelists alike (been watching him for a while, along with @TheeNerdwriter, catch them both): youtu.be/CF3lFPW4E1o

This video about GONE GIRL in particular highlights the work that goes into pacing and tension. Think of scenes the way you think of your chapters - end them with that jewel box click that drives home the point and progresses the story. #Pubtip

Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife · 6d

#querystats I have 25 queries, spanning from 10/9 to 8/23 that require a closer read. And 2 requested manuscripts.

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · 6d

I don't mind that authors query me in genres I don't represent (SFF), but it seems like a waste of your time when other great agents at @bookendslit would be better. Our query forms make it easy. If you don't see your genre on the form, she's probably not for you. #querytip