Jennie Goloboy

Literary Agent

Donald Maass Literary Agency

Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

Jennie Goloboy @JennieGoloboy

Some brief advice, if you're writing a query letter: if you're not getting positive responses, it probably won't help to make it longer.

When I read a query letter, I'm looking for a description of the plot and the characters. If I can't find it because you've buried it in paragraphs describing your characters and prose style as "memorable," or quoting my #mswl back to me, it makes your query less appealing.

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

I am sorry to say this, but if you are looking for an agent on your self-published novel because your sales are terrible, the odds of an agent taking it on are very small. #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

I'm getting a ton of Beauty and the Beast retellings right now, FYI. Was it the live-action movie? #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

I really really really don't represent screenplays. #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

Hello, writers! Science fiction and fantasy novels now typically contain female characters. You don't have to specify that you've written about women. In fact, this makes you sound far less hip! #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

Quick #querytip : don't query agents with an unfinished novel. "Paperback Writer" is steering you wrong!

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

"40,000-page book"? I really hope that's a typo! #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

I think the most common reason I pass on a query is that the manuscript isn't actually book-length. Under 60,000 words for an adult SFF novel is an automatic pass for me. #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

Related: if all the women in your novel are sex slaves, I'm probably not the agent for you. #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

They Made Me Have Sex With An Alien: not a genre I enjoy #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

Today's #querytip - don't write your query letter in ALL CAPS.

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

No, you can't promise that Hollywood will make a movie out of your book. Or that your book will be a bestseller. #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips
Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

#querytip : As a feminist, I will not represent your book about how women are different than men. I know where your argument is going next.

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

Want to make your manuscript unique? Don't start it with your protagonist waking up. #querytip

Jennie Goloboy
@JennieGoloboy
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, DMLA. Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era @ugapress '16, Obviously, Aliens @qospress '21. #vp20
86 MSWL
42 Tips

Guys, I really don't represent picture books. Really! #querytip