Victoria Marini


Literary Agent at Irene Goodman. Books. Cats. Naps. She/Her.

Brooklyn, NY

Irene Goodman Literary Agency

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 4d

#querytip following instructions isn't an arbitrary rule we set up just to sweat you. A lot of agents use keywords & filters to keep their inboxes organized, so when you ignore instructions your query can wind up in the wrong folder, in a junk folder, or automatically deleted.

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 3 Apr 2018

Queries are not the tool by which an agent determines whether or not they *like* your book. They are the tool by which we determine if we want to read it. #querytip #pubtip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 22 Jun 2017

The problem with beginning a query with a baiting question is that you might not get the answer you're looking for #querytip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 13 Jun 2017

#querytip you may not need: We google. Don't be a truly horrid person online. Don't be one in real life either, but definitely not online.

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 5 Jun 2017

#querytip Please do not query by sending a flash drive. For so many reasons.

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 30 Dec 2016

Finally, b/c I am far more likely to believe you either didn't research or you don't think rules apply to you than anything else. #querytip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 30 Dec 2016

First, b/c a good query doesn't need a gimmick or schtick. You don't need to be a rebel or break the rules to get it noticed. #querytip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 30 Dec 2016

Here's a thing about following individual query guidelines: Is it a pain? Yes. Should you do it anyway? Will we even notice? YES. #querytip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 13 Dec 2016

#querytip "It's about the shattered American dream" is not as helpful as "It's about a man whose house is threatened w/ foreclosure." (2/2)

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 13 Dec 2016

#querytip when I say I want to know what the book is about, I mean literally. I mean the plot, not the metaphor. For Example... (1/2).

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 27 Jul 2016

Here's what should be an obvious #querytip Don't publicly shame, belittle, & insult agents and then whine about how you can't get one.

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 27 Jun 2016

#querytip "Dear Agent, I know you don't represent [insert genre the agent doesn't represent], but I bet you would take THIS one." -> NOPE!

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 17 Jun 2016

#querytip try not to lie. Not because it's wrong, but because it usually doesn't work. #notasubtweet #notaboutyou

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 26 Apr 2016

#pubtip #querytip #lifetip save terms of endearment for those to whom you are actually endeared. I'm not "darling" if we've never met.

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 14 Apr 2016

don't begin your letter by explaining that you couldn't query the agent you *actually* want b/c they're closed to queries. #querytip #why

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 1 Feb 2016

#querytip comp titles are good. three comp titles from three different genres make me worry you don't know your audience. #choosewisely

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 16 Jul 2015

please never ever ever ever talk about how much members of your family love your book. #querytip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 1 May 2015

Submission guidelines aren't arbitrary. I use them for a reason and they apply to any one and every one who queries. #querytip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 9 Feb 2015

YES! It won't end well! MT @jawlitagent Your agent should be your biggest fan. Don't settle for one who thinks you're just okay. #querytip