Emmy, Purveyor Of Spines

Literary Agent

Westwood Creative Artists

πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

Almost every time I edit a MS for an emerging author, I have to address problems in the balance of narrative, action, and dialogue. This isn't a dealbreaker for me, since it's an easy lesson to learn for most authors - but something to revise for! #QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

...and that's all I have time for today! I hope that this insight is helpful to some of you as you prepare your queries for 2022! #QueryTip - a lot of folks are SWAMPED from now until the end of the year - hold off on sending your new queries until January!!

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips
emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

Accolades and accomplishments relevant to publishing DO strengthen a query. If you have some, include them! If you don't, consider working on short stories and articles before and while you're querying, so that you have some bylines to share and show off! #QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

#QueryTip: something I often see in our slush pile is, "I have been told that my MS is too long for a debut novel, BUT..." - followed by a MS that is categorically too long. What this translates into for me? "I cannot work with constructive editorial feedback." 🚩🚩🚩

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

#QueryTip:
Do not say: "I am known for...", "People tell me...", etc.
DO say: "(Reputable source) had this to say about my book: (quote)," "You can read a review of my work here (include source)."
#WritingCommunity

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

#QueryTip: If you provide a website or author page link in your query, make sure it works, and that the page is up to date!

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

Is everyone in the #WritingCommunity familiar with @KMWeiland's Most Common Writing Mistakes blog series? It's a solid resource that I point folks to ALL the time. I would recommend everyone read it. #QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

I always get disappointed when I get queries, especially PB queries, about disability from people who work with or care for disabled people. How is this your story to tell? Tell YOUR story, and let disabled people tell ours. #QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

Recently, almost every querying author who I ask about their goals says they want to quit their job and write full time. This is a fantastic goal, but please do your research, because the financial realities of this industry may not be what you think! #QueryTip #WritingCommunity

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

It's veggie burger night in the Nordstrom household, and I can smell the burgers but they're not ready yet. I'm going to do one of those threads where I tweet about my queries and try to get through a handful before the burger lands in front of me. Ready? #QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

For authors querying me personally: I get a lot of stuff where folks are worried about triggering content in my inbox. My past life is as a crisis social worker, so I'm good to read what you send me, and I put detailed CWs on all my submissions to editors! #QueryTip #AmAgenting

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips
emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips
emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

#QueryTip: I get a lot of query letters that tell me a lot about the characters in a book, but not what they actually do. What is the plot? What are the stakes? Where does it happen? What makes it important? There is so much more to a book than just who it's about.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

#QueryTip: I get a lot of queries that are not properly addressed. I understand that - especially when you're querying widely. But it's ideal if you can get the agent's name and salutation right, and do your best to get a date close to the one you've actually sent out on!

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

This is a reminder to read submission guidelines before querying an agent, as they can and do change over time, and RELATEDLY, that I personally do not represent books with prominent law enforcement protagonists or themes, and that that is unlikely to change with time. #QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

#QueryTip: Will never cease to be surprised by the number of people who forget to put their names in their query. It's... really helpful! Please do that!

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD πŸ’» blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
124 MSWL
12 Queries
59 Tips

#QueryTip: Whenever I'm in the slush pile, I'm just surprised by the number of folks who emphasize that they don't know what they're doing - not in an asking for support way, but in a glib tone. Don't be that guy. Do your research, and be honest about your experiences. Please.