Senior Literary Agent at @FuseLiterary (Nonfiction, SF/F, Horror). Host of @CerebroCast . Irish, Jewish, gay, loud. Pisces doing his best. IG: connorgoldsmith
Just received the most astonishingly racist SF novel query. Book purported to be anti-racist! Just. Check yr core concepts, guys. #querytip
Saying you heard about my work when you were in college in 2011 is a feat, given I first entered publishing in 2012. #querytip: don't lie
Okay a #querytip: When I say I'm interested in non-European mythologies, I don't mean Greece! Greek myth is foundational European myth???
Free bonus #querytip: "I am a dangerous criminal and would like to write a memoir about crimes" is somewhat alarming.
PART ONE: FIFTEEN YEARS EARLIER
this is usually a bad idea. #querytip
Trish will be working partnered with @agentsavant for now. She's looking for romance; diversity a big plus. Take a look! #querytip
Gents: I would not recommend referring to your female protagonist's 'shapely behind' in the first sentence of your novel. #querytip
Just as a general #querytip I'm extremely leery of spec fic that's like A WORLD WHERE THE [HETEROSEXUALS/MEN/WHITE PEOPLE] ARE THE OPPRESSED
SF/F Triple Crown winner @ann_leckie shared her query for ANCILLARY JUSTICE, and man is it a good one: annleckie.com/2015/08/12/my-… #querytip
If we were at a conference and I told you you could send an attachment, that's fine. But a cold email? Deleted unread. Viruses. #querytip
"Per your submission guidelines, I have attached..."
My submission guidelines literally say 'no attachments'. #querytip
Lots of Biblical end times devils and angels fantasy in my inbox right now. This has been done a LOT; you need a very fresh take. #querytip
A #querytip - I've noted I like books abt minority topics, yes. But if yr book isn't that, don't be weird and apologetic for it.
Quick #querytip -- most important thing is to be readable. Please don't use weird fonts or weird font sizes. Just a normal email!
"This is the first in a series with a minimum of five books." Friend, you gotta sell the one book first. #querytip
Folks, "50,000 plus" is not a word count. #querytip
Very confusing when the email is from 'John Doe' but the query letter is signed 'Arthur Two-Sheds Jackson' or whatever. #querytip
If you are writing with a pen name please explain that in your query. Otherwise, please have the same name in your email profile. #querytip
On The Bachelor tonight this one woman who didn't get a rose came back in to beg him to reconsider. Don't debase yourself! #querytip
"To ensure my query is received, I've attached it to this email" okay but I specifically asked you not to do this. Deleted. #querytip