Elana Roth Parker
Do not private message agents (unless invited to) on social media on their personal accounts to ask about querying. The guidelines are almost always out there. Do your own homework. Keep personal spaces personal.
Your book should be complete and you should have a solid query letter before you get started. You're a writer. Do the writing. Which means do the reading. Resources abound on query writing. And the category you're writing in.
Generally, most agents prefer you only submit one project at a time. I could probably do a whole thread on WHY. If you get a pass, go ahead and submit a new project. Personally I find it awkward to get 3 in a row and have to send a form rejection on all 3. It happens.
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothAs I have reopened to submissions, I guess it’s time to re-up some everlasting, evergreen query guidelines, which I find apply to almost all agents and DEFINITELY me. A thread! #querytip #amagenting #WritingCommunity
First, ALWAYS always check the agency website before you hit send. It's the best place to find out how that agent and agency prefer their submissions. A google will get you there if it's not linked in the agent's profile somewhere. No need to ask that question just for yourself.
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothSeeing 2 trends in my queries:
- Writers who note I’m looking for diverse books but don’t present any diversity in the query.
- White writers comping to recent hits by BIPOC authors.
These are…not great tactics. Diversity isn’t a keyword to just check off. #querytip
The better approach is just to be true to who you are and what your book is. Everything else feels disingenuous and a little manipulative. #querytip
There are also a delightful (read: shocking) number people querying me with PBs (which I am closed to) by just selecting “Middle Grade” in the QueryManager drop down and sending the PB query anyway. *head desk* #querytip
I really can't talk about the world anymore, so I'm just going to go back to my classics: queries. Hope that's okay with you guys. Some thoughts as I clean out the Queries email address now that we've moved to Query Manager.
A thread? Yes, a thread.
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothQUERY UPDATE: @LDLiterary has officially switched to Query Manager. New email queries will no longer be answered. Our submission page has all the info you need: ldlainc.com/submissions
#querytip #pubtip #amagenting
I will of course be answering all email queries sent before today. And I’ll do those first. I’m one of those “in the order received” sticklers. #querytip