Naomi Davis, Literary Agent
I want to expand a touch on what I said in my previous Tweet about "predictability" in SFF. There are certain elements that have been done in a similar pattern so many times in SFF that it's pretty easy for me to guess what will happen next. #amquerying #amwriting #querytip But..
Another #querytip - almost every book has elements of other genres laced throughout. Please specify the genre in terms of the core readership of your book. Ex: Science fiction novel, not erotic science fiction paranormal romantic suspense novel.
Here is a weird #querytip for #amquerying authors.
Most of you will be aghast, I'm sure.
But for the rest of you: DO NOT try to be flirtatious with me in your query. Do not make it about my looks. I can look like a Tolkien Uruk-hai and STILL sell your books.
BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslitHey #WritingCommunity, #ICYMI, @BookEndsJessica and @jamerrson discussed HOW TO FOLLOW UP WITH LITERARY AGENTS: youtube.com/watch?v=ZTa0rr… #AmQuerying
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
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
#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/
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!
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.
#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:
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
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
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 @NaomisLitPixSo, we all start somewhere.
Here's a new video, in which I roast my early writing for you.
Spoiler alert: IT'S BAD. 😂
#amwriting #querytip #amediting
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPixA note about queries:
I am NOT picky about word count.
Write what the story needs. As long as you're not over 200,000 or unusually short for your genre, I'm not going to reject a perfectly good book for something like word count being outside my expectations. #querytip #askagent
If it's really a problem and the book needs to be split in two or something, I'll recommend that. But I will never reject solely based on word count.
That said, it's pretty easy for me to tell on pg1 if those words are all used wisely. Make it sharp. #askagent #querytip
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 @NaomisLitPixHey authors! If you've been impacted by an Agent Behaving Badly, you need to hear my boss's words of wisdom. It is NOT your fault. Brush off the dirt and get back in the ring. You CAN do this, and you CAN arm yourself to make a more informed decision next.
And please PLEASE look me up on #MSWL &keep me in mind for your next queries if you are newly agent-less. I promise transparency in everything in our working relationship, I promise integrity, & dedication to you&your career. #querytip #askagent #writetip