🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐

Literary Agent

Triada US Literary Agency

Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

I see lots of MG novels that are seemingly about a series of developmental/familial conflicts instead of a central conflict. I understand that friendship break ups and periods and divorce are all important at that age, but I still need you to tell me what the HOOK is. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Query Don’ts:

—insult other books
—say your book defies genre
—use negative self talk
—ignore guidelines

Query Do’s:

—Give us the hook/high concept pitch
—Show your summary to someone who hasn’t read the book
—send it to agents individually
—write another book!

#querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Don't give away the ending of your book in a query. Especially not in the very first line of the email. 😭 #querytip #triadatip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Writers: if an agent is pressuring you to sign with them and pull your book from other agents, think long and hard about why they are doing that and whether it’s in your best interest to do so *before* you agree. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Writers— “contemporary” and “realistic” are often used as synonyms when describing genre, but they’re not. Ex: a realistic/real world novel set in 2002? That’s historical. (Gah I know—we are old! 😆) #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

#QueryTip! Don’t query until you get feedback on your pitch from someone who is unfamiliar with your manuscript. They will be able to point out holes that are invisible to you/someone who has read the MS already. #Triadatip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Comp titles are there to help agents/editors see how a book will fit on shelves/into the CURRENT market, so it’s important that the ones you provide be both *relevant* and *recent* #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

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 Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Writers, if you are planning to query an agent, we don’t need to be told in advance. Just email when you’re ready to submit. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

I get a lot of ‘magic is dying’ or ‘magic is gone,’ queries. What about ‘magic is HERE and it is FLOURISHING and we do NOT know how to use it”?! #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips
🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Do not query before you have a) finished writing your book, b) revised your book, c) shown your query to someone unfamiliar with your work who can point out confusing bits. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

Don't forget--I'm closing to queries on December 1st, and won't be opening again until January 15th, 2019! Get those queries in! #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

When you tell me your book is MG/YA, it sends the message that you haven't done enough research. Remember, your book can only sit on one shelf. So which one is it? #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

If you have always wanted to try to write Middle Grade, now is the time. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | Associate Lit Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job.
500 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
78 Tips

#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!