Bridget Smith


aka Breda. Literary agent at JABberwocky. Co-host of @ShipAndHandling publishing podcast. Plays with swords in free time. Way too long-winded for Twitte

New York, NY

JABberwocky Literary Agency

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 9 Dec 2019

WELL, someone managed to find my personal Gmail address - which none of my clients have bc I don't use it for work - and send a query there. DO NOT DO THIS. It's not a good way to get extra attention; it's a good way to get yourself blocked on all my accounts. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 23 Jul 2019

Take care with your work! Try to show me your best side! Treat me with basic professional courtesy! But don't worry too much if you make a small human error - I know it happens and have done it myself. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 23 Jul 2019

Look, the kind of faux pas that will lead to an auto-reject on a query are like "this person seems like an absolute nightmare to work with" and "didn't even bother to run spellcheck," not "copy-paste error" or "introduced typo in last-minute tweak." #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 19 Jun 2019

Ok, having now read 100+ of the queries that came in since I opened: the most common problem I'm seeing is that they don't actually make it clear what the book is ABOUT. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 18 Oct 2018

Periodic reminder! Make sure to include something like "OFFER" or "UPDATE" in the subject line when you're following up on a query with an offer, or I won't notice that it needs immediate attention. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 14 Nov 2017

Friends, a reminder that it is in your best interest to hear from every agent who might like your work! At worst, it confirms the first offer was the right one. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 21 Nov 2015

Periodic reminder that self-publishing is a terrible strategy for getting a traditional deal. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 17 Sep 2015

Uh, a tip for anyone querying by mail: put the folded SASE *inside* the letter or I might accidentally letter-opener it to death. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 1 Jun 2015

Reminder: make sure to "Accept All Changes" in Word before sending a doc or copy-pasting into an email! #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 31 Jul 2014

Be extra careful about breaking the fourth wall in your first page. Let me into the world before you shatter the illusion. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 30 Jul 2014

When researching comp titles, look beyond basic story elements to things like similarity of style, theme, or target audience. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 7 Jul 2014

Don't pay anyone anything up-front to submit your work on your behalf. Ever. Please. *Especially* if you wrote the pitch too. #pubtip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 8 Apr 2014

#pubtip: Putting lots of ellipses in your subject line makes it look like spam.