Joelle Delbourgo


NYC-area literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, dedicated environmentalist, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.

Montclair, NJ (NYC area)

Joelle Delbourgo Associates

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 28 Nov 2016

I'll be at the Unicorn Writers' Conference, 3/24 & 25, 2017. Check it out:, #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 13 Nov 2016

A meandering query telling a complicated story will probably not get an agent's attention. Stay focused & follow agency guidelines. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 1 Nov 2016

Memoir writers: the right choice may be not telling your whole life story. Choose a theme or slice of life that truly stands out. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 5 Oct 2016

Writers: Before sending out a query letter, show it to 5 trusted advisors. Is it well-written? Clear? To the point? Passionate? #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 5 Oct 2016

Critical for authors to understand the importance of SEO and what they can do about it. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 15 Sep 2016

If you are submitting to a literary agent, try not to be too cute. Be smart and professional. Better way to stand out. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 15 Jun 2016

PenguinRH Offers Author Tips: How to Create an Online Community,

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 8 Jun 2016

Writing with a Positive Attitude--It Could Help You Find an Agent or Publisher,#pubtip…

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 2 Mar 2016

It amuses me to receive a query from a writer that opens "Dear (blank)..." A sure way to get attention! #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 27 Jan 2016

Writers: If your query letter gives me a headache to look at, chances are, I won't read it.

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 11 Dec 2015

Never start a query letter to an agent: "Because of your interest in..." It's poor construction and will lead to a no. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 11 Dec 2015

Sorry, but if you can't spell my name, chances are I won't read your query.

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 15 Sep 2015

Writers, if you address me as "Mr. Delbourgo," your query letter will got straight to the rejection pile. This happens. Kid you not.#pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 24 Aug 2015

At any given time, a literary agent might have a couple of unsolicited hundred queries and proposals to go through. Patience! #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 31 Jul 2015

Never describe your novel as a "fictional novel." Your query will go straight to the rejection pile without being read. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 8 Jun 2015

The Importance of the Author Photo. For Female Authors: How to Pose Like a Man, #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 15 Apr 2015

Take a cue from @GabraZackman, who hosted an unusual pub party for GAME ON! first in the Bod Squad series.…

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 21 Feb 2015

If you plan to self-publish, find authors who do it successfully and study how they do it. #Pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 6 Feb 2015

A query letter to an agent or publisher without a salutation will get you nowhere. Always address to a specific person. Personalize.#pubtip