Literary Agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, representing YA & middle grade fiction (all genres), women's fiction & romance. I'm looking for a mind at work.
San Diego, CA
Tricia Skinner @4triciaskinner#querytip: If your query reads like soundbites from movie trailers, you're doing it wrong. While a "non-stop thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat & leaving you gasping for more" may work for the @Avengers, it doesn't make me want to read your mss.
This is such a good #querytip! Trying to create your own hype like this tends to ring false. Just tell us about the story -- a compelling premise will speak for itself.
PSA for querying writers: please make sure you don't have your anti-spam settings up so high it's impossible to get to you! If my query reply gets rejected bc I'm not on an "approved contacts" list or similar, you just won't hear from me. 😟 #querytip
I'm continually surprised at the frequency with which I get queries starting with an overly familiar address. "Hey Pat!" "Hi Patty!" I... don't go by those names. Remember: treat it like a business letter. The classic "Dear Patricia" is just fine. #querytip
Barlow Adams @BarlowAdamsMy weirdest rejection was when I was shopping a novella I wrote and this small press run by two joint-publishers requested a full MS, and disagreed so passionately about whether to pick it up that the two split and the press disbanded. My bad writing ended a literary marriage.
Amazing/hilarious example of "publishing is a subjective business." (I know that may sometimes sound like BS agent-speak, but you guys, IT'S TRUE.) #querytip
#querytip If you're setting your YA/MG in the recent past, you need to have a really good plot reason & compelling worldbuilding. Kids/teens don't have any inherent nostalgia for the 1950s or even the 1990s -- they weren't even alive in the twentieth century (!).
I've said it before & I'll say it again: there is NO REASON spend time trashing other books in your query. "My book is good unlike those frivolous pieces of crap The Hunger Games & 50 Shades so obvi you should rep it" is... not an enticing pitch. #querytip
Patricia Nelson @patricianelsWriters, starting a novel w/ a descrip of weather is almost never the strongest choice. Open w/ a sentence that could only begin YOUR book.
Tara Sim 🌟 CHAINBREAKER RELEASES JAN 2! @EachStarAWorldWhen you're writing second world fantasy, it's really easy to fall into the trap of overwhelming the reader with info/names.
Thread! Great explanation of a very common problem in YA fantasy first pages. #querytip
Dahlia Adler @MissDahlELamaGonna share this opinion but tell you I'm super not here to argue about it:
Don't query your stuff as NA. Go up, go down, or self-pub.
Co-signed from the agent side. This is advice you want to listen to. #querytip