Mary C. Moore
Because we have to be absolutely sure before we offer on a project, a submission that is on the fence may take much longer to respond to. I may read the sample 3 or 4 times over a few months to see if my initial reaction holds, if it grows on me, or if I lose interest. #querytip
Someone referred to personalizing the query as "tush-kissing."
That's a bitter misconception. We aren't looking for ego-stroking. Personalization is stating the reason you want us to be your literary agent. Often it's simply because we rep what you write. #querytip
Opening your pitch with a rhetorical question can be risky, particularly the "have you ever wondered" type. Because most of the time, I haven't ever wondered. So it won't lure me in the way a pitch should. #querytip
Not often considered #querytip, when you send your sample or ms as a word doc attachment, check that the zoom is 100% or 125%. Sometimes I open an attachment and the words ARE VERY LARGE IN MY FACE or *super *tiny *can't *read *it.
I never realized how many authors try just changing the title and then resubmit the same ms. Now our sub system QueryManager tells us when this happens! Explains my multiple feelings of deja vu from before. Please don’t do this, it wastes all our time. #querytip
In your query, give a brief reason why you think we'd be a good fit to represent your work. Even a simple "because you list x genre in your guidelines, you may be interested in my ms." Helpful for you to know the reason as well, as all agents are not the same! #querytip
Although aggregated lists on blogs and such can be great for researching literary agents, always check the agency's own website for the most current submission guidelines. Outdated posts can give you inaccurate info, which may lead to your query being missed or deleted. #querytip