Joelle Delbourgo

Literary Agent

Joelle Delbourgo Associates

Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

Before contacting a lit agent, check website to make sure it's a fit--and follow the submission guidelines precisely. #pubtip, #publishing

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

Writers, before querying agents, check their websites for submission guidelines & follow them. Make sure you are a potential match. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

Gee whiz, writers in search of an agent. If you can't spell my name, chance are I won't read your query letter. Just sayin'. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

Writers: avoid sending out query letters to agents in funny/fancy fonts. Good ole Times Roman works nicely. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

To be successful, an author today needs to engage meaningfully with followers on social media. Start today! #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

Writers: Use this month to polish your work and send it out in early 2017.
#pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

When a query letter from an author opens with a densely packed lengthy paragraph, my agent eyes glaze over. Be concise and clear. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

PenguinRH Offers Author Tips: How to Create an Online Community,tinyurl.com/hd5vh6a
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Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

Writing with a Positive Attitude--It Could Help You Find an Agent or Publisher,#pubtip
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Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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

Joelle Delbourgo
@JLDelbourgo
Literary Agent
Literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, environmentalist, truth seeker, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
95 Tips

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