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 · 17 Aug 2018

If you are a writer approaching an agent or publisher, craft your query carefully following established guidelines, and run it by a number of trusted readers before sending. Many queries go unread because they are so poorly written. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 2 Jul 2018

Writers: when querying agents, do not address your letter to "Dear Sirs." (Indeed, at our agency, there are no sirs on staff!) Do a little research on agency websites and other listings of agencies and choose a specific agent to address. Just sayin'. #pubtip, #publishing

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 15 Jun 2018

Many publishers have "summer hours" which allows employees to work longer during the week so as to get off mid-day on Friday. Agents often follow suit. So writers, wait until Monday to get in touch. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 18 May 2018

I received a writer query today addressed to: "Dear Specific Name of Agent or Publisher." Needless to say, this one will go unanswered. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 14 May 2018

Writers, query letters that immediately launch into plot without introducing your genre/theme/premise are confusing and generally warrant a rejection letter. Take care to hook a prospective agent or editor first. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 8 May 2018

Writers, when querying an agent, make sure to 1)address your note to the right person & 2) spell the agent's name correctly. Just sayin'. #pubtip, #publishing, #amwriting

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 5 Apr 2018

If you love an author's book, post an online review on Amazon, Goodreads or wherever you like to go to "discover" books. You will be helping other readers and the author. Even if you don't love it, a thoughtful review is always appreciated. #pubtip, #amreading

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 26 Mar 2018

Publishing is challenging. We tell writers to know their genre and be marketers, but we also encourage them to be authentic. Each writer has to figure out how to strike a balance. A good lit agent can help. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 21 Feb 2018

Writers: A query letter that launches into the plot before identifying the premise or "hook" generally fails to get my attention as a lit agent. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 14 Feb 2018

Writers, when querying agents, check agency guidelines online. Most lit agencies have extensive, informative websites detailing how to submit. Electronic submission generally preferred. At JDA,we have phased out hard copy submission. #pubtip,#amwriting, #publishing

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 12 Feb 2018

If you choose to self-publish, you need to embrace ALL the many roles of a publisher to be successful. Books do not just sell themselves. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · 10 Feb 2018

Writers, when querying agents, refrain from telling us your book is "big" or our next "bestseller." It's a big turn-off, and chances are, we may delete your query altogether. Instead, hook us in with the premise or thesis of your proposed book. Just sayin' #pubtip, #publishing