Zabé/Z.R. Ellor


MAY THE BEST MAN WIN (Roaring Brook, Spring 2021) | #dragonhatchlings | associate agent @JDLitAgency | | rep: @RedPenKaitlyn | he/him

Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Apr 30

I've read SO many manuscripts opening with the main character waking up and they all feel the same. PLEASE, querying authors, don't begin on a wake-up scene! Find somewhere unique to start your novel! #querytip

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Mar 8

Random #querytip—I’m seeing a LOT of King Arthur retellings in my subs lately. I know a LOT of agents love those, but I was always more a Greek mythology fan

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Mar 1

#querytip For the love of god, don’t write your fiction query like a cover letter.

I see so many “let me introduce myself” queries with NO description about the book. The biggest thing an agent needs in a query is the description of the BOOK

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Feb 24

Handy #querytip—I really prefer a word document submission instead of a PDF for requested material! PDFs are hard to read on my Kindle

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Feb 16

#querytip No gimmick will EVER be as successful as just telling the agent about the freaking book

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Feb 7

#amquerying #querytip As annoying as it is to get a form rejection, you want your future agent to use their time wisely, advancing your career—not wasting hours personalizing rejections.

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Jan 2

#querytip The number one reason I pass on SFF queries is a lack of a unique hook. I’ve read SO much SFF—if your pitch doesn’t bring something new to the table, it won’t draw me in

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 1 Dec 2019

#querytip I only represent SFF in the adult category right now. Please don’t send me adult books in other genres and call them YA; I know the difference

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 26 Nov 2019

#querytip #writingtips For a work of speculative fiction to hook me, it has to feel genuinely new and high-concept, and the novelty must distill to a 1 or 2 sentence elevator pitch

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 15 Nov 2019

#querytip Obscenely-long word count is an auto-reject for me

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 1 Oct 2019

#querytip Be sure you’ve READ the books you’re using as comp titles

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 4 Sep 2019

#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?

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 27 Jun 2019

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

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 19 Jun 2019

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

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 17 Jun 2019

#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

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 15 Jun 2019

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

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 9 Jun 2019

#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

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 3 Jun 2019

#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

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · 29 Mar 2019

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