Laura Zats

Literary Agent

Headwater Literary Management

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips
Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips
Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips
Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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

Laura Zats
@LZats
Literary Agent
Founder & Agent @HeadwaterLit . Host of the award-winning @printrunpodcast . Publishers Weekly industry MVP. She/her. Open to queries!
201 MSWL
176 AskAgent
3124 Queries
162 Tips

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