Alec Shane

Literary Agent

Writers House

Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

I'm always very wary of authors who think that they are great writers. The best writers I know all think that their work sucks.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

Did you read it yet? How about now? What about now? Have you read it? Is it good? Did you read it yet? Did you read it? What did you think?

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

Do you represent thrillers? Can you give me some advice for submitting to other agents? When can I expect to hear back? Did you read it yet?

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

How would you prefer I submit? Do you prefer attachments? How many pages would you like to see? Is this something you'd be interested in?

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip Here are some questions I get from authors that I shouldn't get, as answers are available online with some simple research:

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip now isn't the best time to query. Most agents are clearing their desks, and you run the risk of getting lost in the holiday logjam

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip a number of agencies close to submissions around this time each year as they try to wrap things up; make sure you do your homework

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip if you're going to just cut and paste agents' names into the same query and blast it out, at least make sure it's the same font.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip How seriously would you take someone who didn't take the time to learn your name before approaching you in a professional setting?

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip Some version of "self-publishing didn't go the way I thought it would" isn't the best way to get an agent interested in your MS

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip a polite "thank you for your time" email after a rejection is fine-but it shouldn't also include another query for your next MS

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip PERSONALIZE YOUR QUERY LETTER. If I could type that bigger, I would. Really can't emphasize that enough.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip you wrote 3 books- great! Sending three separate queries to the same agent for each of your 3 books at the same time- not so great

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip few things belie a cut-and-paste query job like my name in a completely different font than the rest of your letter.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip Form query letters stand out in the worst possible way. Personalizing your query for each agent, even a little bit, works wonders

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip You'd never start a cover letter or a request for a job interview with "Hi!" I'd advise taking the same approach to query letters.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip Just because your book takes place in the past, that doesn't necessarily mean it's right for an agent who reps historical fiction.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip To authors submitting via snail mail, please try and keep your cat off the printer paper. Some of us are allergic.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip if you have been trying to sell the same MS for five years now, maybe it's time to put this one aside and write something new.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip when submitting to an agent, make sure your query answers the question "why did you decide to submit this MS to me specifically?"