Lauren Is Open To Queries!
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
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
#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
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!