I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from writers (very politely!) requesting feedback, referrals, or explanations after I’ve passed on their query. I understand wanting these things but agents receive more than 30 queries a day—we unfortunately don’t have time. #querytip
When you transition from one line to the next in your query summary/pitch, the relationship between those two lines is dictated by how your story unfolds ("But" vs "Therefore"). If you're not sure what I mean, I suggest watching this: youtube.com/watch?v=vGUNqq… #querytip
There seems to be confusion about what an agent “closing to queries” actually means. It does *not* mean that we aren’t responding to the things that are *already* in our inbox! It just means that we are not accepting any new, unsolicited work! #querytip
Writers, if your book doesn't perfectly fit a specific MSWL item, that's okay! It's better to query because you think the book is a good fit in general than to try to cherry pick elements of a specific mswl to make your book fit. (Example in next tweet) #querytip
A few #querytip(s):
~ share your query w someone who hasn’t read your book to spot holes
~ don’t ask for permission to query. Just do it.
~don’t respond to form rejections (either to thank us or to ask for an explanation—we unfortunately don’t have time)
~ Don’t give up!!!
Lauren’s the Worst (preorder now💁🏻♀️) @laurenspiellerIt's Saturday, so naturally I'm thinking about querying, and what makes an effective summary. Here are a few #QueryTip -s, coming atcha... pic.twitter.com/7VhXSyYWGf
I totally forgot that I did this but hey it holds up #querytip
#querytip: if your book is a mystery, or has a mystery at the center, don't reveal the answer in your query. It not only undermines the hook in the query itself, but means I can't experience the book the way an editor/reader will. It also sucks the fun out of reading the story!
When you receive a rejection, don't insult the person who sent it. Just because *this* piece of work isn't right for them doesn't mean they won't want to work w/ you on the next. By insulting them, all you're doing is guaranteeing that you never get that chance. #querytip #subtip