Laura Zats

@LZats

Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her.

Twin Cities, MN

Headwater Literary Management

Laura Zats @LZats · 27 Jun 2019

These #500queries spanned from Jan 1 through Feb 24, 2019. I passed on 394 of them (78.8%). I’m getting soft in my old age!

Out of those I rejected, I had 10 queries not addressed to me, 5 that were attachments I didn’t open, and 10 excerpts or synopses in lieu of a query.

Laura Zats @LZats · 27 Jun 2019

58 queries (almost 12% of my entire slush pile) are for books in genres and categories I don't represent. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 27 Jun 2019

Zats all, folks! Thanks for tuning in to this round of #500queries. If you want more, check out @printrunpodcast!

Laura Zats @LZats · 27 Jun 2019

Q500: Email was not in the shape of a query, and the MS is too long by half. Pass. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 27 Jun 2019

Q499: This query doesn’t follow conventions and doesn’t sound like a fun F at all. Pass. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 26 Jun 2019

Q497: Oh good, another person promising me sales like the bible. Pass. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 26 Jun 2019

Q496: Referral from another agent, and it’s right up my alley. Request! #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 26 Jun 2019

Q495: I was on the fence about this C YA, but there’s a hook that left me very intrigued, so request. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 25 Jun 2019

Q494: This R might be too sappy for me, but I’m willing to give it a shot. Request. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 25 Jun 2019

Q493: Don’t requery with the same MS. We remember. Pass. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 25 Jun 2019

Q490: This YA is like if ASSASSIN’S CREED and THE PARENT TRAP had a baby and I am confused and intrigued. Request. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 24 Jun 2019

Q489: One of my favorite classics, retold in space? Request. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 24 Jun 2019

Q488: I would have requested this C R, but the pitch was too staccato and too vague. Pass. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 24 Jun 2019

Q487: Claiming that your F is different that all other F books and then querying a book that is, indeed, just like other F means I probably don’t want to work with you. Pass. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 24 Jun 2019

Q486: This R might not be for me, but I liked how the query was written, so I’ll give it a shot. Request. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 21 Jun 2019

Q484: This YA is a bit too close to something I already rep. Pass. #500queries

Laura Zats @LZats · 21 Jun 2019

Q483: No new twist for this post-apocalyptic novel. Pass. #500queries