#querytip Google your book title before you get too attached! Try to avoid titles already in print: you want people to be able to find YOUR book when they search for it, not get confused & buy somebody else's by mistake. Ditto for the author name you want to use!
Hey y'all, #querytip: Don't call agents to cold pitch your query over the phone. Really, please don't. And especially don't call multiple times in a row if they don't pick up. This is the opposite of making a good impression.
#querytip thread: Genre and age range do not count as personalization! Personalization isn't just to prove that you've researched an agent; it's also to MAKE YOUR QUERY STAND OUT. Be as specific and targeted as possible.
#querytip: If an agent requests an R&R, don't rush it! We're not expecting it back within a short deadline, and tbh if you resubmit it in less than a month, that doesn't inspire confidence that you've completed the depth of revision we want to see.
Here it is, the biggest #querytip of the year: READ 👏 IN 👏 YOUR 👏 GENRE 👏
I honestly cannot stress this enough! It's good to read outside it as well, but it is crucial to READ the types of books you want to write!!
#querytip: A cool pitch only works if it's accurate! Be careful not to set false expectations of what your book is about. For ex: don't pitch your query as a battle of wits against a murderer if it's actually a romance with a man falsely accused--those are very different books!
#querytip time! It's great for aspiring authors to start building a mailing list early, if you can.
It's NOT great for querying authors to add potential agents to their mailing list without consent.
Caitlin McDonald @literallycaitI have NOT caught on up requested fulls, however, so I must beg your patience a little longer. I'm doing my best.
#querytip: Industry standard is to give agents 2 weeks notice when you receive an offer of representation. I've been seeing/hearing of a lot of one-week notices lately & that's not enough time for most agents to read, given our other commitments to our clients!
Friendly reminder to please NOT pitch agents directly on Twitter, FB, DMs or any social media unless they specifically ask you to do so. Agents have FORMAL CHANNELS for submitting your work--please use those instead. Don't clog up our mentions with pitches. Thank you! #querytip
Cristal is mostly on hiatus🌴 @onaredhorseThe problem with querying the first book in a series is you can't mention the disaster wlw who show up in later books. lol Though to be fair, #QueerDisasterSwagger is my brand regardless of gender. :D twitter.com/literallycait/…
Speaking only for myself and not all agents, but honestly if you know an agent wants something specific that shows up in later books, I think it's fine to mention that in the query letter! Certainly I would love to know. #querytip
Caitlin McDonald @literallycaitAaaand it's done! I've officially responded to all queries*! I'm excited to dive into the very excellent fulls I've requested this month, so those authors should stay tuned. #amagenting
*other than ones that were withdrawn or had already found representation
Caitlin McDonald @literallycaitA Note: I understand the opening pages may not reflect your protagonist at their best. I understand about character arcs. In fact, I love seeing difficult characters grow into less shitty people! I even prefer them to Always Morally Upright Characters, bless their hearts.
But there's a difference between a query letter pitching a character who grows, and pitching a Hero who then, in the sample pages, unironically views women as prizes. Author Awareness makes a difference. #querytip
I just received four queries in a row that didn't include any greeting. Guys, I cannot emphasize what a HUGE difference it makes to address agents by name. It takes two seconds, shows courtesy and professionalism, and proves that you didn't just BCC 500 people. #querytip