Query pet peeve: when someone I don't know asks for advice or suggestions or an opinion, like this isn't a job that I get paid for. Which is not to say I don't provide critique or advice unprompted, but the expectation that I should give it away to anyone who asks? No. #querytip
Melissa Edwards @MelissaLaurenEBusiness stuff from Twitter and interviews-- especially #MSWL-- should of course be included. But a reference to an outfit we posted about? Or a cake we baked? It doesn't improve your query. And that's the ultimate goal, right? To make the best possible and most gripping query.
I would never pass on a query because it included a reference to something I said, but that's a moment that could be about your book or about your comps or experience. It's a moment that can be about you-- not me! Because I want to hear about your work. #querytip
Melissa Edwards @MelissaLaurenEI have another #querytip that's a bit of an odd one. I know there's a lot about agents online. We willingly give you so much about our personal lives on this very site! (I know I talk about my eating habits and neighborhood and family, etc.)
That said, most of the time, this information doesn't need to (and arguably shouldn't be) referenced in a query. Especially when it's a bit of a deep dive. I appreciate that you want to connect in a personal way and we're giving you the ammunition to do so. #querytip
There's a query habit that I don't quite understand: listing the well-known people who said they'd accept a review copy if the book is ever published. This outcome is so far from the query that it's not really useful. I just care about the story at this point. #querytip
This holiday season, I’d like to say thank you to the queriers. Every time I get a query, it’s a reminder that you’re willing to entrust me with developing and guiding your careers. Thank you for the trust, writers. I don’t take the responsibility lightly. #querytip
A lot of first chapters begin with an explanation of how the character got to where they are. (Even if it's not in a "freeze frame!" obvious kind of way.) Cut the boring stuff. Let them be in the moment and the reader will catch up. #querytip
Evergreen #querytip: if you’re horribly rude or inappropriate to one of us, many of us will find out. Thankfully, the majority of queriers are professional and courteous, and we appreciate it immensely.
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