Naomi Davis The Caffeinated

@NaomisLitPix

Eternally optimistic Literary Agent at BookEnds Literary Agency @Bookendslit She/Her. I giggle uncontrollably at autocorrects & movie bloopers. Autism parent.

BookEnds Literary Agency

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · Jan 22

I don't mind long adult SFF word counts,up to 160k. I've even requested longer when premise was particularly tight&engaging. May request trimming if I'm offering.

I can, however, tell w/in 1st page whether all those words were used wisely or not.

#amwriting #querytip #askagent

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 22 Nov 2018

Ooh I see on QT some people are worried abt me responding to queries that came in after yours.
To clear it up: I respond to EVERY query that comes in thru QueryManager.
I sometimes look at JUST YA or SF or whatever in a day, so not always perfectly in receipt order. #querytip

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 25 Oct 2018

#querytip #amwriting #writetip in both your query and your book, it's best to be specific and original about societal structures & evils. "The Organization" "The Kingdom" "The Darkness" "The Guardian" "The Entity" - as proper nouns, these feel not thoroughly developed enough. 1/

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 22 Oct 2018

Friendly #amquerying #querytip PSA: Please use fonts that are super simple to read, rather than artistic, regardless of what you hope will appear in the final book. I read electronically all day. Your fancy curly font makes my eyeballs turn to tapioca pudding. Thank you!

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 18 Oct 2018

If you're wondering about genre numbers #querytip #amquerying - I'm working through mid-September queries right now. I have 368 to read, and 227 of them are adult SFF.
So THANK YOU!! Because I LOVE having so many queries!!!
But that's why sometimes it takes a while to get reply.

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 17 Oct 2018

#amwriting #writetip #amediting #querytip Filter words are a common problem in self editing. Look thru your MS for "felt, realized, thought, decided, understood, knew, saw," etc. Replace w/stronger verbs & vivid description to reduce distance between reader & character. Example:

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 6 Oct 2018

Seeing tweets abt "Bending query rules" to"get your foot in the door" w/agents.
Just don't, okay?
Because agents have to know writers CAN respect boundaries, like,for publisher contracts&stuff.
We establish boundaries to manage our work efficiently.We have that right. #querytip

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 22 Sep 2018

Just your friendly neighborhood reminder that your query letter needs to tell me what your book is about, not just how you thought of it!

See the BookEnds YouTube channel for discussions on this 😁
#amquerying #querytip #writetip #amwriting

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 10 Sep 2018

Psst... #amwriting #amediting #amquerying authors. I would like you read this thread, and then I would like you to make every effort to lift up another creative person who might be struggling today in this challenging, competitive industry. #querytip #writetip

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 9 Aug 2018

So, we all start somewhere.
Here's a new video, in which I roast my early writing for you.
Spoiler alert: IT'S BAD. 😂
Enjoy.
#amwriting #querytip #amediting

youtu.be/oJ7DlC0CyWw

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 6 Aug 2018

So I read queries on the treadmill most often.
Here's a sample of thoughts I have while reading actual queries.
#querytip #writetip #askagent #amquerying
youtube.com/watch?v=svsOny…

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 31 Jul 2018

It's 11pm where I am, and I've just put my 12 yr old to bed after a long and enthusiastic conversation about the books they are reading and loving. What I've learned is GOLD for those #amwriting #amediting #amquerying Middle Grade. #writetip #querytip A #thread of quotes:

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 25 Jul 2018

#querytip #askagent "Does it look bad in my query if I've been previously repped but we parted ways?"
NO it does not. Someone before me saw your talent. This is a good thing.
Sometimes agent/client relationships break down. This is sometimes no fault, or fault of one party. 1/

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 21 Jul 2018

Hello! Your friendly Saturday reminder that if a literary agent wants you to pay up front - a reading fee, editing fee, etc - run screaming to another literary agency!
We get paid when you get paid. Full stop. #querytip

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 12 Jul 2018

My point is: if you’ve received this/other feedback &it stung, I don’t mean to be cruel, but get used to it. Take it as armor&strap it on. There’s more coming even once you “make it.” Have to learn to constantly improve, besting your own best to dodge the feedback of “familiar.”

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 12 Jul 2018

This may make you think: THIS INDUSTRY IS SO HARD. And yep. Yep it is. Even once you nail this and land representation, authors get this feedback from publishers. And then from reviewers. And then from readers of their next book, always held in their own shadow for comparison.