Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip: When sending a requested full or partial, please name the file something easily identifiable such as TITLE/lastname/full/date, and resist sending it as mycopyFINALv3.
It's too easy to get lost in the shuffle with no title or name on my ereader.
Don't be shuffled.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip: Volunteering in bios

Having a quick and concise query is key but we also like to see what else you're up to when you're not at the keyboard to make a personal connection. Where do you volunteer?

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip: If you write under a pseudonym, query agents using your real name in the signature—it's a business partnership, not a whodunit.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip: You can't sell the bacon if they can't smell the sizzle. Spend time perfecting the hook so the agent knows what the stakes (HA! meat humor) are and how your characters are going to get out of this pickle.

Okay, I may be hungry.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

Most of my requested partials and fulls go onto my e-reader for later. #querytip: label files with last name/title/partial (or full) so I can find your project in the mix. "3chap.docx" gets overlooked easily because I don't know who sent it and I'll move to the next.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip Resist the urge to have your subject line look like spam (thank you, no, I am not in need of male enhancement).

Also, don't call me "gentlemen" in your salutation.

Wait, maybe this book really *is* for male enhancement.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip: 250 words isn't a lot of space so here's the quick and dirty on things to include:

Word count (check sources to make sure yours is in the ballpark for your genre)
Genre
Main characters
What's at stake
Twist
Your writing bio

Go get 'em, tiger!

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip: Yes, I like short queries but two sentences isn't a lot for me to go on to request chapters. Live a little--expand it to three sentences. ;)

And if your bio is longer than your pitch, it's time to revise.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip Not getting responses from agents? Not following sub guidelines may be the culprit. Details matter in business so double check! :)

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

Unrequested attachments will be deleted unread by many agents so please follow submission guidelines. #querytip

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#Querytip Be prepared with materials before you query: book proposal, manuscript (partial & full), formatted file names instead of "first3".

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#querytip If you're channeling your inner Rowling & only use your initials, please don't be surprised when we address you as "Dear J.K."

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips
Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

Quick #querytip: Please label your document with the title and your last name. I load many subs on my Kindle & can't tell 5 "novel1"s apart.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

Wondering what to put in the subject line when you write an agent? I like this format: "QUERY: <genre>/<title>/<name>" #amquerying #querytip

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

My sweet spot for spot-on queries? 250 words. The 11,000 word query I just received is a tiny bit over that mark. #pass #querytip

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

Rebecca Thorne @novelarnia

@staceyigraham Do you prefer that, or a more formal "Hello, Ms. Graham"? 😊

Not picky, but a howdy would be nice. :)
A salutation shows you're making a conscious decision about that agent at that time. #querytip

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

Writers, the struggle *is* the story. When querying, make clear what's at stake. #amwriting #querytip

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

Molly Hooper makes #Sherlock human. When writing your queries, tell me what makes your protag hurt if things change. #amwriting #querytip

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." she/her threeseasagency.com agentstaceygraham.com
82 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
24 Tips

#Querytip - I want to see that you've done your research and know your readers. When we get to book proposal stage, you'll need this. 2/2