Alec Shane


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

New York City

Writers House

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 28 Oct 2016

#querytip novellas and short story collections are a very difficult sell, esp. for 1st time authors.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 14 Oct 2016

#querytip before you decide to query multiple agents at the same agency, remember that we all sit near each other and will know immediately.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 20 Sep 2016

#querytip learning to take the hint is important. Don't get a reputation as that author who simply refuses to go away.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 9 Sep 2016

#querytip unless told otherwise in guidelines, ALWAYS send pages with your query letter. It's all about the writing at the end of the day

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 28 Aug 2016

#querytip a query that includes little more than an Amazon link to your self-published book isn't the best way to get an agent's attention.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 26 Aug 2016

#querytip there will always be books that are exceptions to the query rules. They're great inspiration-but keep the word "exception" in mind

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 26 Jul 2016

#querytip a number of agents close to submissions for the summer around this time every year. Make sure you do your homework.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 25 Jul 2016

#querytip constantly checking in about the status of your submission is a great way to get an agent to skim it quickly before passing on it

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 30 Jun 2016

#querytip if you were previously represented, I'd put that right at the top of your query letter. A split with your agent isn't a black mark

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 9 Jun 2016

#querytip using a professional-looking font in a query letter goes way farther than it probably should. No need to get fancy.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 16 Mar 2016

#querytip "I have enclosed Chapter 3 with this query" is a roundabout way of telling me that Chapters 1 and 2 suck. ALWAYS send 1st pages

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 16 Feb 2016

#querytip "I was previously agented" will get you a lot farther than "my previous agent submitted this MS everywhere, but couldn't sell it"

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 10 Feb 2016

#querytip if an agent passes on your manuscript, don't immediately query with a new one. Give it some time. We remember serial queriers

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2 Feb 2016

#pubtip #querytip I have yet to meet an agent who is actively seeking novellas and short story collections from debut authors.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 17 Dec 2015

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 · 17 Dec 2015

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 · 17 Dec 2015

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 · 17 Dec 2015

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 · 17 Dec 2015

#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 · 17 Dec 2015

#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