Emmy Nordstrom Higdon
This week alone, Westwood received 12 queries for agents who aren't open. Save yourself, and the agency, the effort of sending a query that has to be read and responded to and filed, and double-check the status of an agent who you are querying before you hit send. #QueryTip
emmy, purveyor of spines @emmy_of_spinesI'm elbow-deep in our slush pile today, so expect some #QueryTips over the next little while. The first may seem intuitive to some of you, but if your book is previously published (even for free), it often isn't eligible for agent representation! #WritingCommunity
This includes Kindle Unlimited, and sometimes even platforms like Wattpad. You can't acquire a book FOR publication if the book IS published, my pals. #QueryTip
emmy, purveyor of spines @emmy_of_spines1/ People come to me all the time asking if they can query me with MS's that are more than 100K words, even though my query guidelines say that I don't accept them. It happens by Email, it happens here on Twitter, it happens in pitch events.
#QueryTip - in your writing sample, make sure that you are using those pages EFFICIENTLY. One way you can do that is to keep your dialogue super cleanly written, and use speaker tags to indicate tone, rather than stylizing using punctuation or special formatting.
#QueryTip: New adult isn't a trade publishing category, and imprints need books categorized as either adult or YA when submitted. If you're querying an agent, please be aware of this, and that it's more work if we have to navigate the revisions to re-categorize a book pre-sub!
#QueryTip: some agents are very hands on with editorial work, and others see themselves largely as salespeople. We all have our own approach. Make sure to ask what approach the agent you're querying takes, because it's SO important that it aligns with your needs!
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
...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!!
SPOOKY emmy, purveyor of spines @emmy_of_spines1/ Sweet summer babes of the #WritingCommunity, let's do a quick thread about query response times! 🧵
At Westwood, we offer a 12 week response time for partial queries: 20 pages of a MS, plus other materials. We can't respond to everyone, only to successful queries.
Time to share this thread again. #QueryTip: demanding more information about response times than an agent is able to offer will not speed up the process. If you have a deadline on your end, let the agent considering know, and we do our best to accommodate!
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
#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." 🚩🚩🚩