Rena Rossner

Literary Agent

Deborah Harris Literary Agency

Lit Agent @dhliterary 🏳️‍🌈 she/her Author: SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (Orbit, 2018) LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS (Orbit, April 13, 2021) Rep’d: @btaylorbooks

Rena Rossner
@renarossner
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @dhliterary 🏳️‍🌈 she/her Author: SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (Orbit, 2018) LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS (Orbit, April 13, 2021) Rep’d: @btaylorbooks
177 MSWL
72 Queries
8 Tips

Pet peeve: when I reject a query and the author responds with "but I have another book, want to look at this other book?"
Please don't do this.
Re-query if you must.
But those follow up emails make me feel like I'm stuck in some kind of Sisyphean paradox.
#agentlife #querytip

Rena Rossner
@renarossner
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @dhliterary 🏳️‍🌈 she/her Author: SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (Orbit, 2018) LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS (Orbit, April 13, 2021) Rep’d: @btaylorbooks
177 MSWL
72 Queries
8 Tips

If you write to me once a week to ask me what I think about your novel I will reject it without reading further. #querytip

Rena Rossner
@renarossner
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @dhliterary 🏳️‍🌈 she/her Author: SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (Orbit, 2018) LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS (Orbit, April 13, 2021) Rep’d: @btaylorbooks
177 MSWL
72 Queries
8 Tips

I've made spelling mistakes in emails to editors, but authors, please at least try to spell things right in subject lines...#querytip

Rena Rossner
@renarossner
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @dhliterary 🏳️‍🌈 she/her Author: SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (Orbit, 2018) LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS (Orbit, April 13, 2021) Rep’d: @btaylorbooks
177 MSWL
72 Queries
8 Tips

Write a standard query letter, but don't be afraid to let some zany quirk shine through. That's how I found a lot of my authors. #querytip

Rena Rossner
@renarossner
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @dhliterary 🏳️‍🌈 she/her Author: SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (Orbit, 2018) LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS (Orbit, April 13, 2021) Rep’d: @btaylorbooks
177 MSWL
72 Queries
8 Tips

Another #querytip: don't respond to my rejection by saying that someone else at my agency almost took you on, because obviously they didn't.

Rena Rossner
@renarossner
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @dhliterary 🏳️‍🌈 she/her Author: SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (Orbit, 2018) LIGHT OF THE MIDNIGHT STARS (Orbit, April 13, 2021) Rep’d: @btaylorbooks
177 MSWL
72 Queries
8 Tips

If you respond to my rejection with "I know nobody reads queries anyway" you belittle everything I do as an agent. #querytip: Don't do this.