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 · 26 Aug 2019

And while we're here: 10 passes on your query is NOTHING. Keep trying! #querytip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 26 Aug 2019

I've had an upsurge in people responding to my query passes asking why, and honestly the primary reason is always going to be this: I get about 300-400 queries per month & can only read about 15-20 manuscripts per month, including clients'. The numbers are just hard. #querytip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 2 Jul 2019

Hey writers, a heads up: I used to have a lot of records on manuscripts I'd previously read, but since I moved, I don't have them anymore. If you're querying me because I previously read another ms (please do!), it would be really helpful if you refreshed my memory! #querytip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 8 Apr 2019

Periodic reminder that when you get an offer of rep & need to alert other agents, you should change the subject line! Especially if it's on a query. I get too many to open them all as they come in, but I do notice a nice giant OFFER OF REP on the first page. #pubtip #querytip

Bridget Smith @bredalot · 27 Feb 2015

Talking @suddenlyjen through a tricky pitch, and I keep asking the same questions: What's the conflict? What are the stakes? #querytip