#WriteTip / #QueryTip / #RevisionTip
From an agent's perspective, a high word count can be a red flag that the project is early and in need of revision.
For that reason, if your word count is high, I strongly recommend revising before submitting.
But all is not lost...!
Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmellThe title of your manuscript file is important. Always include your name and book title in the file name when you save it.
An editor with too many files labeled “Final manuscript” or “Book” floating around her reading device.
#QueryTip File names with the project title and your name are helpful to agents when submitting full manuscripts to agents. It’s a good habit that will help when your book sells and you start sharing manuscript files with your editor (see below) #amwriting #amrevising
#QueryTip With me, no means not yet. If you query me, and I pass, you are welcome to send new projects to me, or a significant revision after six months. I am impressed by creators who don't give up and continue to write/revise + master their craft. Best of luck! #amquerying
#QueryTip A "no" from one ABLA agent is a "no" from the agency as a whole. However, you may submit a new work to another agent or the same agent. And, if the work is significantly revised, you may resubmit it after 6 months.
#QueryTip I am now using Query Manager to manage my query box.
If you would like to query me, please use this form and follow the steps:
I love a good story and hope to have the chance to read yours. Thank you!
#QueryTip A great title really helps to pique a reader's (or an agent's or editor's) interest (even if it gets changed later). Try to craft a title that raises a question in the reader's mind, and better yet, establishes tone and style. #amwriting #amquerying
Lisa Abellera @LisaAbelleraIf you’ve submitted to me and then signed with another agent, please either let me know or just withdraw your submission from QueryMgr. It’s a simple push of a button. It’s annoying (and rude) to find out through through social media after I’ve read 50p of your ms.
#QueryTip As a courtesy, if you accept an offer of representation from an agent, please notify any other agents considering your work--either via email or QueryMgr, etc.--and withdraw your query. We appreciate the kind update. #amquerying
#QueryTip and request: Please double space your manuscript pages and use paragraph indentions with an easy-to-read font (no italics please). Single space can be difficult to read, and I want to read your work. I'd hate to miss you due to formatting. #amquerying
#QueryTip + request as I read submissions late at night:
Please put page numbers on your manuscript or #PB dummy, if you're an author/illustrator. It's helpful for me to review your work, so I can tell you what I like, as well as suggestions, etc.
#QueryTip I try to be accessible on Twitter, but sometimes I miss a Tweet or a DM. If you wish to query me, please send a query letter + the first 10 pgs. or PB ms pasted into the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get an auto confirmation. Good luck! #amquerying
#QueryTip The querying process can be frustrating. Don't give up. Keep writing. Work on other projects. Celebrate victories, large and small. If you write a great scene, celebrate. If you get good feedback, celebrate. Then when you get an agent, celebrate! #amquerying #amwriting
#QueryTip If I request a revise and resubmit, and in the meantime, you receive an offer of representation, please let me know right away, even if it hasn't been six months. An R&R from me means I really like the project + hope for another chance with you. #amquerying #amrevising
#QueryTip I look for clients who have established critique groups and beta readers. Although I'm editorial, I am only one person with a limited experience, and I might miss a nuance. Multiple eyes on your project will help you produce your best work. #amquerying #amwritng
#WritingTip The first page is your big chance to hook your reader:
Start with a great first line,
raise a compelling question (or 2-3);
introduce the protagonist (make the reader care); and
launch into a scene with conflict.
#QueryTip No need to send a query to me as an exclusive. I expect and want you to query other agents. You deserve the best representation for your work, be it me or someone else. Query far and wide to find the right fit for you. #amquerying
#QueryTip If you wish to send a revision 6+ months after I pass, please revise the entire submission: the pitch, the query letter, and most importantly, the opening pages. (If it reads the same as before, I will sadly pass again.) #amquerying #amrevising