Quick #querytip: When sending requested materials, save the file name similar to LastName_DOCUMENTNAME_Full so I can find it in my files. Names like 10pgs.doc may get shuffled in the mix and overlooked if I can't find your last name on my ereader. Kthxbai
#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.
#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?
#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.
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.
#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.
#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)
What's at stake
Your writing bio
Go get 'em, tiger!
#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.
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