Susan, A Graham @GrahamophonesHello, I don't mean this to be mean (I really don't, I'm sorry), but please don't call me to talk about being agented. Our submission guidelines are on our website. If you have questions about submissions, you can email to ask, either at the submissions or info email. #subtip
Susan, A Graham @GrahamophonesHello! Please remember that an agent doesn't work for/with you unless you're a client. Haranguing them in submissions for not being at your beck and call doesn't serve your time or theirs, & it doesn't serve your work. #querytip #subtip
Susan, A Graham @Grahamophones#querytip #subtip You can query "dear sir or madam" if you want, "mr. or ms." but it tells me you didn't do your research. If you just query "dear sir" & there are no men working at the agency, you didn't do your research and are misogynist both. Throwing it out there.
Susan, A Graham @GrahamophonesHonestly, the number of submissions ELM gets saying they are exclusive, just to our submissions - we are CONSISTENTLY backlogged, & I mostly work from oldest to newest. Other agencies get behind too! It could be MONTHS wherein no eyes are on your ms & then they pass. #querytip
Very seriously. #querytip
tldr: don't be exclusive with an agent unless they ask you to, it doesn't serve you or your work.
Honestly, the number of submissions ELM gets saying they are exclusive, just to our submissions - we are CONSISTENTLY backlogged, & I mostly work from oldest to newest. Other agencies get behind too! It could be MONTHS wherein no eyes are on your ms & then they pass. #querytip
Susan, A Graham @GrahamophonesACTUAL thing, hill I will die on, creators #querytip #subtip - do NOT be exclusive with you unless an agent ASKS you to be. And even then, maybe only be exclusive with them if they're actively giving you a lot of notes, and then as a gesture of good faith - you both are giving-
-each other a fair chance. But otherwise? SERVE YOUR WORK. Get it in front of as many people as possible! If no one sees your work? No one will represent your work! Or buy your work! #querytip
#querytip - Please do not address your query Dear (Agent's Name) or Dear Agent. If you can google our submissions address, you can presumably also google (at least one of) our names. Do your research & put in the effort. Why should we care about your book if it seems you don't?