Ali Herring


Assistant Literary Agent, Spencerhill Associates. Twin mom +1. Eclectic in life & books. I♥️Jane Austen & SFF in equal doses. Query me:

Metro Atlanta

Spencerhill Associates

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 9 May 2018

I always find it difficult to pass on quality writing when I can't identify the stakes of the novel (OR more importantly STRONG ENOUGH stakes) in the query letter. I can't spend 5 hours reading & looking for them, so you have to tell me up front! #writetip #querytip #sellme

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 7 May 2018

#PubTip #QueryTip #Debuts Be aware of publisher expectations for word count for the particular genre/age group you are querying. 166K is an auto no. Yes, there are high word counts out there, but those authors are proven entities.

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 10 Apr 2018

I'm seeing a lot of YA subs starting w/the protagonists out in the woods, out of "bounds" of their village, out hunting illegally,etc. It all feels a bit too Hunger Games. If your book's doing something very specific a category killer did, start somewhere else.#writetip #querytip

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 12 Feb 2018

#WriteTip #QueryTip When querying: please don't ask an agent to go to a "web site" to review multiple projects. Please don't "not" talk about your book at all in your email. A query letter is a business proposal, quickly identifying "saleable" information on your novel and you.

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 24 Oct 2017

#querytip Don't hit send without giving me a HOOK in your query letter - a one or two line description of the main conflict of your story.

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 4 Oct 2017

#QueryTip You don't give away the ending in the Query, but you DO tell the ending in the Synopsis.