Tia Rose Mele
I read for a living. Jr Agent and Sub Rights Mgr at Talcott Notch Lit, send me: MG, YA, and some adult! At home in slush pile. Fights internet trolls. she/her
Reminder to #amquerying writers: check what genres/age ranges an agent represents before submitting. If you query something that the agent doesn’t rep, you will get rejected!
I’ve rejected at least 5 queries today for genres/ages I don’t rep!
Working on a pitch for a client’s book. I’ve posted this before, but index cards are such a good tool for organization. If you’re visual like me, writing on index cards is a great way to plot your book and write your query! #amwriting #amquerying #querytip
#querytip If an agent's guidelines include sample pages, always send the first pages of your project, not a sample from later in the book.
If you're pitching a series, it should be the first pages of the first book, not a later book in the series.
#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.