Alec Shane


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

New York City

Writers House

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 24 Nov 2015

#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 · 20 Nov 2015

#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 · 13 Nov 2015

#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 · 2 Nov 2015

#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 · 29 Oct 2015

#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 · 16 Oct 2015

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

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 9 Oct 2015

#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 · 21 Jun 2015

#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 · 3 Jun 2015

#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 · 18 Apr 2015

#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 · 31 Mar 2015

#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 · 30 Mar 2015

#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 · 4 Mar 2015

#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 · 22 Feb 2015

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

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 23 Dec 2014

#querytip if you do insist on submitting around this time of year, might I advise against sending four separate queries at once.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 16 Dec 2014

#querytip most agencies are in the process of shutting things down for the year; might be wise to hold off on submitting your MS until 2015

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 30 Oct 2014

#querytip don't make your MS hard to access; put it in the email body. If I have to click a link or download an app, I'll probably move on

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 16 Oct 2014

#querytip if you're going to just cut and paste your letter and email it off to as many agents as possible, at least address them by name.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 15 Oct 2014

#querytip some version of "this was my MFA thesis" as part of your query letter will make a fair number of agents a little suspicious.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 28 Aug 2014

#querytip don't make me hunt for the title of your MS in your query; it should be easy to spot - or better yet, in the subject of the email