Kim

Literary Agent

Stonesong

associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
53 MSWL
8 Tips

nonfiction #querytip: if you mention your substack/newsletter, the number of subscribers is an extremely helpful metric to include

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
53 MSWL
8 Tips

Bibi Lewis @Bibi_Lewis

And my forever #1 piece of query advice is FOLLOW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR GOODNESS SAKE. #amquerying

Yes to everything Bibi says in this thread! But in particular, look at submission guidelines ON THE AGENCY WEBSITE, because someone's blog post or listicle on an agent's wishlist/guidelines may be out of date (or just wrong) #querytip

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
53 MSWL
8 Tips
Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
53 MSWL
8 Tips

a basic #querytip: frame the length of your novel in number of words. number of pages isn't very helpful because there are a lot of factors that change the number of words on a page. is font size 10 or 14? single or double space? is it 8.5x11 or other?

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
53 MSWL
8 Tips

Kim @kim_lindman

#querytip a query ≠ a book review! saying something like “written in an entertaining style, this is an engaging book with relatable characters” actually tells me nothing—it’s very subjective, and loads of books could be described this way! 🧵

It basically comes down to “show don’t tell” which is even more crucial in queries. If I get 100 queries this week saying “an engaging book with relatable characters” how will I pick which one to read? I can’t read 100 MS a week, so make your query distinct! #querytip

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
53 MSWL
8 Tips

#querytip a query ≠ a book review! saying something like “written in an entertaining style, this is an engaging book with relatable characters” actually tells me nothing—it’s very subjective, and loads of books could be described this way! 🧵

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
53 MSWL
8 Tips

#querytip: SEO techniques don't apply to your query. throwing in every buzzword you can think of may ensure that I'll see your email no matter what I search for in my query inbox, but makes for quite a word salad to actually try to comprehend 1/2