James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker... @bookendslit (he/him)
107 MSWL
18 AskAgent
7 Tips

I've been catching up on queries and submissions this evening. One thing I'm noticing a lot of is queries without an actual blurb. Tell us what's *happening* in the book, not what the themes or takeaways are. Not sure how? Read the jacket copy of your favorites #QueryTip

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker... @bookendslit (he/him)
107 MSWL
18 AskAgent
7 Tips

#QueryTip for #picturebook writers: query one book at a time. Do not send an agent a separate query for every book you’ve written all at once.

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker... @bookendslit (he/him)
107 MSWL
18 AskAgent
7 Tips

#QueryTip - While you can definitely send an agent multiple projects, don’t do so all at once. Send one and only send another when they respond (especially in picture books)

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker... @bookendslit (he/him)
107 MSWL
18 AskAgent
7 Tips
James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker... @bookendslit (he/him)
107 MSWL
18 AskAgent
7 Tips

Authors: Agents don't LIKE to reject. It makes us sad, too. (And rejection fatigue is most definitely a thing). Please know so much of this is subjective, so when one rejection comes in, send out another query. Keep plugging away! #Querytip

James McGowan
@jmcgowanbks
Literary Agent
Literary agent, author, sitcom enthusiast, professional snacker... @bookendslit (he/him)
107 MSWL
18 AskAgent
7 Tips

Update: I’m completely caught up on all queries and working my way through a bunch of exciting submissions from October 10th. #Querytip #QueryUpdate