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 @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
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.
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
Kate Brauning @KateBrauningThere have been many, many passes I've sent in the past 5 years where the major reason I was passing wasn't one I could responsibly & productively explain to the author what this reason was--especially if I did not read the whole MS & when I didn't know the person at all #subtips
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.”
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.
Not one of these elements, alone, is enough to push a book to greatness. It really needs a balance of all these things: originality in world, voice, plot structure, trope twist, motivation, backstory, stakes, relationships, emotional arc, etc etc etc. The list goes on.
But no matter how original and intricate your twist on something is, nor how unique your worldbuilding, if the voice doesn’t stand out as a unique character with a unique perspective on the world, it still falls into that “too familiar” feel.
Take that established system you love and think: how can you make this the book where readers say “What the EFF! I never would have thought of it like THIS!” How can you make this the book where readers say “I loved X but THIS book does things so differently!”
Fact is: readers always want something NEW. So even if you feel you’ve accomplished something familiar in a unique way, HOW familiar it is to an established readership is a very fine line to walk. Too familiar = boring. Not familiar enough = unclear readership.