ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Sep 4

#querytip #amquerying When writing a query, there’s two types of feedback it’s helpful to get:
1) does this make sense?
2) is this appropriate for a query?

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Jun 27

One common mistake I’m seeing in some of my adult SFF submissions is main characters lacking a concrete personal connection to the plot #writetip #querytip

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Jun 19

#querytip Unless you’re Octavia Butler, don’t start your novel with your protagonist waking up

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Jun 17

#querytip A query for a novel should have three strong paragraphs describing the plot of the story. Nothing matters as much when I’m reading as these three paragraphs

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Jun 15

#querytip Please don’t tell me about your other projects in the query—that should be saved for the call.

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Jun 9

#querytip Follow the directions. Follow the directions. If your story is most pitchable when you lead in with Chapter Three, Chapter Three should be Chapter One

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Jun 3

#writetip #querytip When introducing your main character, showing them involved in action rather than standing by and observing the actions of others, can help show readers their personality and spark interest

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · Mar 29

#querytip Tell us about the story. Your inspiration and credentials are secondary. Tell us what the story is

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · 10 Dec 2018

#amquerying #querytip I really can’t sell a debut novel longer than 120k, even in adult SFF

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · 13 Oct 2018

#querytip Guys, agents don't talk about word count limits on projects to be assholes. They want you to produce work you can sell, and word count is part of that

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · 10 Oct 2018

#querytip If you don’t bother to follow my guidelines, I won’t bother requesting materials. Respect agents’ guidelines if you want us to invest in you

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · 23 Sep 2018

#querytip All because you don't see people asking for your book on MSWL doesn't mean agents aren't interested in your type of book. MSWL reflects what people *don't* currently have in their inboxes but would like to see!

ZR/Zabé Ellor @ZREllor · 23 Sep 2018

Also random #querytip please keep in mind most younger agents were babies in the late 80s/early 90s—keep in mind when picking movies for comp titles!