Tia Rose Mele
I read for a living. 📚 Junior Agent and Assistant at Talcott Notch Literary Services. If you need me, I'll be in the slush pile.
#querytip please please PLEASE, if you receive an offer of representation or an offer from a small press or decide to self publish or whatever, let all agents who have your query/partial/full know! It's so frustrating to read something only to find out it's no longer available.
#querytip if your project is rejected, don’t just send revised pages unless the agent asks for it. In most cases, sending a new query is OK if your book has been revised extensively since the rejection (check guidelines/ask first) but don’t just send pages (unless it’s an R&R)
My favorite responses to rejections are the ones who tell me that I’m missing out on a book that will sell millions of copies. 🙄 (#querytip: don’t respond like this. It doesn’t make me want to reconsider you, it makes me want to put you in the Never folder.)
#querytip Stick to relevant biographical information in your query. Publishing/writing history & why you are the person to write your book. Writing about ballet? Tell us you've done ballet for 20 years. Writing about penguins? We don't need to know about your love for ballet.