#querytip #pubtip: Recently, the most common reason I've rejected submissions is due to info-dumping early in the book. Remember you need to hook your reader first. More information can be parceled out later. Also, just be sure to write tightly. Use words economically.
#querytip If your query blurb is overly long, it will seem that your book doesn't have a clear focus/or you don't have a clear idea of how to market it. If your query blurb is too short or focuses only on character, then it can appear that the story, itself, is weak.
#querytip Taking time to craft your query blurb is important. Agents base their decision both on what your book is about AND your ability to describe it. We want to see that you a) know the hook of your book b) can show there's a clear plot line and c) use your words wisely.
#querystats Of the 26 queries I rejected about...
30% were because querier didn't understand their audience/genre
30% were because I didn't see enough story/plot
20% were because the idea didn't sound marketable
20% were because didn't feel different enough #amagenting #querytip
#QueryTip: Many queries I'm seeing spend lots of time highlighting how the book fits themes on my #MSWL. Great! BUT I also need to see you have a strong plot, or it's a reject for me. Those themes are at the top of my wishlist, but only when attached to a great story. #amagenting