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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
If you are going to re-query a project I've already seen that has undergone significant revision, please point out that it has changed since I last saw it. Otherwise I'll see the title and assume you are simply re-querying the same book, and will pass. #querytip
Writers, I've already gotten a few vampire queries which is GREAT. But one word of warning: if this is a project that you've outgrown as a writer or that didn't work for reasons other than the market for vampires, it's best not to query it w/o major revision. #vampire #querytip
Writers, it's important to know your critique partners' strengths and weaknesses, just like you know your own. If you need a line edit--which I would argue almost everyone does, especially before querying--make sure you're working with a CP who can provide that. #querytip