President & founder of BookEnds Literary Agency, author advocate, optimist, & professional pain in the ass. Runs on coffee, wine, & laughter. She/Her
📚Sim Carter at Chapter1-Take1 🎞 @simcarter@BErixson @BookEndsJessica I applaud your focus! I knew how I wanted my book to begin and end but the rest was a blur until I wrote it. I’ve just rewritten my query letter for what feels like the hundredth time, based on input from @ekbuege Hoping the 100th time is the charm!
Don't be afraid to let the query letter force you back to the manuscript. Can you write a stronger query that might actually change the path of the manuscript? Take a look. #querytip
Don't think of writing the query as the next step. Work on it before you work on the manuscript and during. Does the manuscript still match the vision you had with your query? Does the query need to change with the ms? #querytip
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessicaWhen querying nonfiction platform is critical and often the first thing I look for. Tell me who you are and what makes you special. #StPatricksDay #querytip #NF
An agent's earnings are commission-based. Offering to pay more in commissions or an upfront fee for editing is not needed & any agent accepting a deal is unethical. If you have the means to offer this to an agent there are many editors worthy of hire. #querytip
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
Veronica Goodman @vwgoodman@BookEndsJessica Thanks for all of these great tips, Jessica! Do you know of any sample query letters or formats that you think are particularly effective?
BookEnds switched to using Query Manager in 2016 (a free query tracking database agents) and we will never turn back. It makes it easy for authors to check on query status & ensures queries don't disappear in crowded inboxes. We can also easily check from phones, etc. #querytip