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@ZREllor

MAY THE BEST MAN WIN (Roaring Brook, Spring 2021) | #dragonhatchlings | associate agent @JDLitAgency | queryme.online/ZabeEllor | rep: @kaitylynne13 | he/him

Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor · 15 Nov 2019

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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor · 1 Oct 2019

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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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?

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor · 19 Jun 2019

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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor · 15 Jun 2019

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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor · 29 Mar 2019

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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor · 10 Dec 2018

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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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!

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @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!