#querytip reminder when choosing your genre in the query manager drop-down:
if your book has magic, or paranormal creatures, or is dystopian...
it's not contemporary.
it can be in a contemp setting!! but it isn't *genre* contemporary. make sure to choose the correct genre!
quick #querytip: you don't need to withdraw you query for typos
if you're revising your query or pages? sure!
but i pinky promise, a typo or two, or misspelling my name, even addressing to the wrong agent, is NOT going to make me reject your query. deep breaths! ❤️
#querytip reminder that when you get an offer, giving other agents ample time to read is good etiquette & also can work in your favor!
i've had four (!!!) offer notifications in the last week, and i'm able to get to them all bc i'm being given 2-3 weeks. i so appreciate that!!❤️
#querytip I'm not quite back on the vampire train yet, so if you have a vampire novel, I'm probably not the right fit right now!
That being said, if you have a new twist on them (and they aren't called vampires), I'm open to that! Think malchai from THIS SAVAGE SONG 😊
#querytip reminder that if you're uncertain if an agent will like your book... JUST SEND IT TO THEM
i've been taken pleasantly by surprise so many times. signed a client off of something i never would have thought i wanted. and was just reminded of that during this conference.
Please don't DM/email agents after a rejection trying to get more info on why we passed.
I understand the urge, but we only have so much time for each query, and this pushes a boundary that's necessary for us to keep in place.
Your query should NOT give away everything; it should hook and entice and want to make you read more.
Your synopsis SHOULD give away everything; it’s meant to present the beats of your story and ensure your plot is solid.
The two are NOT interchangeable!!
#querytip Quick reminder to only query COMPLETE, POLISHED manuscripts!
Don’t send agents drafts that are half finished and tell them it’ll be finished soon. Wait until it’s complete and edited!
(Also this is for FICTION manuscripts)
#querytip Reminder that I DO NOT represent any kind of nonfiction!
For QM, if an agent doesn’t have your genre/age category as an option... probably a good hint they don’t rep that (i.e. nonfic and MG aren’t options on my sub page I PROMISE IM NOT HIDING THEM I DONT REP THESE)
#querytip quick (and v subjective, personal) reminder—opening with an intense, graphic sex scene is going to immediately turn me off of a manuscript.
Sex in an MS is fine in general for me, but DEAR GOD please let me get immersed in the world and characters first.
Just remember—word count matters for a reason. Agents and editors harp on it because we WANT you to succeed. And it kills us to see so many shooting themselves in the foot right out the gate.
So do your research. Take a hard look at your word count.
What do I have in excess? Do I need to cut down on world building to keep everything streamlined? Do I have too many sub plots? Are there any scenes that aren’t doing work? Am I spending time in an area that the book could do without?
What pieces am I missing? Is my book made up of layers? Are my characters and their relationships complex and compelling? Do I have any subplots? Is my world building fleshed our enough? Is it too easy for my MC to achieve their goals?
If you find yourself outside of those ranges, don’t panic! I promise it’s workable.
It might be an easy fix, or it might take a lot of maneuvering and reworking, but it IS doable to both add and reduce word count.
So here are some questions to ask yourself:
And on the craft level—low word counts make agents wonder what’s left out, what isn’t there to make your story well-rounded and complex.
High word counts, what excess is there, what’s been added in or extrapolated too far.
But please remember—you might think 20-30k outside the range isn’t THAT bad, but it’s a LOT of words to have to figure out. Especially for an agent that just signed you, doesn’t know how well you can edit, and doesn’t know 100% how well you’ll receive critiques