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

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."
#querytip

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

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

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

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

#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.

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 agents/agencies close to submissions around this time every year, reopening in January. If you're going to submit, make sure you do some research to see who is still accepting at the moment.

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 authors, don't be surprised/disappointed if you get a higher concentration of passes over the coming weeks. We're entering into the time of year where things start shutting down, and agents will be trying to clear their desks as much as possible.

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 email an agent to ask him/her questions about submission guidelines, make sure the answers to those questions aren't readily available online. Odds are, they are.

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 an agent passes on your manuscript, don't just up and send pages anyway with a note asking him/her to reconsider. I appreciate the hustle, I guess, but it ain't gonna work.

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 know your Word Counts and what length is appropriate for which genre/demographic. Been getting a lot of sub-40K MG submissions as of late, which is a bit on the short side

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 Don't respond to a rejection with a query for another manuscript. Querying something new is fine, but do it the right way.

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 the more submissions I read, the more I realize that alternate history stories aren't quite my cup of tea.

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 mention in your author bio you're an English teacher, you better damn well make sure your 1st 10 pages use proper grammar

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 asking me to swap out your original query with a newer, tighter version immediately tells me you didn't submit your best work.

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 the only time I'd ever expect an exclusive on a MS is if I offered a R&R - and even then, there would be a time limit on it.

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 RLT when you pitch an agent, pitch a specific book. You should do your homework present the project you think is the best fit.

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

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor

because it's never the wrong time to talk about pitch sessions, a few things to consider:
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#querytip This is a good thread for any writers getting ready to pitch an agent/editor at an upcoming conference. Some great tips here.

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 "Query one agent with multiple manuscripts" is not a clever way to skirt the "don't query multiple agents at the same agency" rule

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 I love big dogs. I don't represent fantasy/romance. If your fantasy/romance novel features a big dog, it still isn't right for me