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

"To Whom It May Concern" is not an auspicious opening for a writer's query letter to an agent. Write to specific person and research that person's interests to make sure it's a fit. #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

Literary agents play many roles: muse, advocate, cheerleader, editor, marketer, negotiator, contracts analyst, accountant, publishing consultant through the life of the book. Just sayin'. #publishing, #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

Give literary agents a break. Hold off sending your query letters until after the holiday. 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: it's rarely a good idea to begin a query letter to agents with a question (e.g. "Are you looking for your next bestseller?"). Get right to the point. Pitch your book without pretense or tricks. #pubtip, #amwriting

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

Some writers send out query letters literally as a stab in the dark, hoping to connect with an agent or publisher. By doing research into who might be responsive to review your work & crafting a superb and respectful query, you will increase your chances of success. #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: keep your query letters to the point. Avoid meandering, long paragraphs, self-advertising, telling an agent that this will be our next bestseller. Let us decide. #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

Self-publishing is now a viable option for authors. But that means literally doing everything yourself: writing the book, getting it copy-edited, designed, produced, distributed, marketed, and sold. Are you prepared to do this? Not to mention investing $$ in the process. #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

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
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
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: 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
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
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

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
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
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
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

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
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, 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
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, 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
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
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
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 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