Bibi Lewis

Literary Agent

Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her

Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips
Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips

See also: "my book is like nothing else ever written" will not entice me, it will make me very wary #querytip

Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips

Only comping yourself to mega-bestsellers doesn't mean I will stop reading your query, but it will raise my eyebrows to the fact that you might not know the genre well enough to write effectively in it #querytip

Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips

I've been seeing a lot of queries that list multiple genres in the subj line or pitch--this is often a red flag for me that the project isn't ready. When pitching your book make sure you're being specific and accurate with your genre! #querytip

Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips

Bibi Lewis @Bibi_Lewis

The comp title I'm seeing most frequently (in queries and in pub announcements) is RIVERDALE--which I stopped watching after season 2. Is it still popular or are we obsessed with the aesthetics? Did it stop working for other people or just me?

Relatedly, I've seen an uptick of comp titles that are only TV or Movies. While these can be helpful, I do still want to know where your book fits in the current Book Market! Pop culture comps are most helpful when paired with a thoughtful and recent novel comp! #querytip

Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips

Reminder that if you choose comps that are all wildly different, 20+ y/o mega-bestsellers (and give no justification!), agents are going to doubt your knowledge of the current market you are writing in #querytip

Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips
Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips

If your query includes the phrase "this is a rough draft" it is not ready to be put out on submission #querytip

Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips
Bibi Lewis
@Bibi_Lewis
Literary Agent
Agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Lifelong New Yorker and forever bookworm. she/her
64 MSWL
10 Tips

#querytip Your synopsis should not be one line, that's a pitch. Synopsis should tell all major plot points, not just the starting off point