🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ–

@laurenspieller

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.

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🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 10 Jul 2018

If an agent has passed on your work, don't keep emailing them about it. You need to respect their decision not to work on the project. #subtip #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 7 Jul 2018

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 24 May 2018

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 20 Apr 2018

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 29 Mar 2018

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

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 29 Mar 2018

Writers, it isn't appropriate to tweet at agents for feedback after they've passed on your work. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 3 Mar 2018

Your teen girl MC being "bored" by other girls is not a selling point for me. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 3 Mar 2018

Too often I see queries for picture books by people who are clearly not reading PBs. This goes for all writing, but if you're writing PBs it is crucial that you *study* picture books published in the last 1-3 years--for format, for voice, for content, for inspiration. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 27 Feb 2018

Here's your semi-regular reminder to remove "aspiring" from your bio. If you write, you're a writer! #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 17 Feb 2018

Writers, if an agent gives you less than a week to accept or decline their offer of representation, that's unreasonable. Insist on at least a full week, not just to give other agents time to read, but to give YOURSELF time to make this very important business decision. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 29 Jan 2018

Queries are professional correspondence. With that in mind, here's a checklist of things *not* to do:

-Don't misgender agents
-Don't overshare personal details (no TMI please)
-Don't lie/misrepresent yourself/your work
-Don't drop F bombs
-Don't be aggressive/entitled

#querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 2 Jan 2018

It is not appropriate to privately message agents on Facebook, or to DM them for updates on the status of your submission. We know you're waiting. We know you're excited. But we also need to maintain professional boundaries. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 29 Dec 2017

If you accidentally query an agent while they are closed to queries, never fear--you can query again when they reopen! #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 26 Nov 2017

Writers, if an agent invites you to submit again in the future, they mean your *next* book. One that shows growth and improvement. Not a manuscript you shelved and are bringing out on a Hail Mary. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 18 Oct 2017

I received a query for *15* manuscripts. Please don't submit more than one unless you've been specifically invited to do so. #querytip

🧼 Lauren Spieller πŸ– @laurenspieller · 16 Oct 2017

If an agent says they only accept finished manuscripts, then we mean it. You are not the exception. #toughlove #querytip