Alec Shane


Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter.

New York City

Writers House

Alec Shane @alecdshane · May 2

#querytip Word Count matters. Was reading a query that sounded intriguing, then learned that the MS is 176K words. That means that even if I LOVE it, it needs to be cut in half before I can submit it. That’s an incredibly tall order

Alec Shane @alecdshane · Feb 18

#querytip Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy are not the same thing. An agent who reps Historical Fiction may not rep Historical Fantasy and vice versa.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 20 Nov 2019

I'm very, very finicky about the fantasy I'm drawn to...but a good general rule is that if it makes perfect sense for anyone in your manuscript to wear a tunic, it's probably not for me. #querytip

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 12 Jul 2019

#querytip Authors, please - PLEASE - let agents know if you've accepted an offer of rep and withdraw your MS from consideration. Our reading time for submissions is very limited, and spending a weekend falling in love with a MS that's no longer available is a real double whammy.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 11 Jul 2019

To all authors getting ready to pitch at #ThrillerFest19 today, remember: agents go into every pitch session excited to hear about your work. We WANT to love your stuff and sign a bunch of new clients. Absolutely nothing to be nervous about - we're all on the same team. #querytip

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 10 Jul 2019

#querytip I always have difficulty getting into opening pages that are very dialogue-heavy. I don't know the characters all that well yet, and eavesdropping on a conversation isn't nearly as fun as watching something crazy go down.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 7 Jun 2019

#querytip checking in constantly on the status of your MS will very likely speed up the response process, but you also aren't likely to like the response you get. You don't want to come across as overly demanding or difficult to work with. Publishing is a glacially slow business.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 7 Feb 2019

#querytip no short story collections or novella submissions for me, please. I love to read them, but they're almost impossible to sell, especially from debut authors.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 5 Dec 2018

#querytip it's that time of year when a lot of agents/agencies start closing to new queries as they try to wrap things up before the break; make sure you check websites and guidelines accordingly.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 25 Oct 2018

#querytip A lot of the time, agents sit in very close proximity to each other. If you query multiple agents at the same agency, they're going to find out, and it isn't a good look for you.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 10 Oct 2018

#querytip only query an agent with one MS at a time. Waking up to four consecutive emails from the same author pitching four different manuscripts is a lousy way to start the day.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 23 Jul 2018

#querytip if you write MG, 80K words is very much on the long side, especially for a debut. Know your word counts.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 11 Jul 2018

You say: "I have made significant revisions since I queried you. Please swap out my original query with this one."

I read: "I didn't send you my best work. I queried when I shouldn't have. Now sift through your emails, delete my crappy old MS, and read this one."

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 11 May 2018

#querytip I've been getting a lot of queries for novellas recently. I've had no luck whatsoever with novellas/short stories, so I'm really not looking for them right now.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2 Mar 2018

#querytip some of the best conference pitches I have ever gotten have taken place at the bar. It’s more relaxed and feels more like a friendly conversation than an interview. Look for an agent/editor at the bar and pitch away!

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 19 Jan 2018

#querytip checking in constantly on the status of your manuscript will only hurt, not help.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 10 Jan 2018

#querytip it's never going to make or break your manuscript for me...but I always question why an author chooses to use some ridiculous font in a submission email. My advice is to just keep it classic, Times New Roman or something very similar.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 18 Dec 2017

#querytip I'd advise waiting until after the New Year to query at this point. You can definitely still submit if you feel this burning need to send it out, but just know that your MS will become part of the massive logjam that is 10 days' worth of unread emails.