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Allie Levick @AllieLevickIn addition, if you can drum up a competitive situation for yourself (more than one agent interested) that is almost always a better place to be and ends up giving you more choice and more power. Therefore, you should let everyone you queried know! (2/?)
Aside from that, it’s very frustrating to read a query carefully and reply thoughtfully only to have someone say they already accepted an offer. And that’s just me being really honest with you.
Often when authors pitch books they tiptoe around the plot. They’ll lead with themes and why this book is important but don’t actually discuss the protagonist or their journey. Getting me invested in a particular character is almost always my best entry point. #querytip
It can be very disorienting to read a #query that makes no mention of its genre. Not only does genre help me think critically about how this project will fit in the market, it tells me that you are also aware of where this project sits on the shelf. #amquerying #querytip
I’m working through #queries today and have noticed a number of people comping to Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. Gentle reminder that it is almost never a good idea to comp to a franchise of this size. Too often, this feels like an uninformed choice. #querytip #querytrenches
🚨#querytip make sure to include your NAME and your TITLE! I find that roughly 1/30 queries is missing one or the other! I personally don't like to assume someone's name based only on their email handle and very much like to personalize my rejections. #amquerying #querytrenches
Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejudeWhen submitting, standardize formatting in your MS: indents, margins, etc. It can be hard to read oddly formatted MSs, and given how tired our eyes get by day's end, you don’t want to risk anything that might be an instant turn-off. #querytips #amquerying
Agree agree agree #querytip