Nicole Payne

@tnicolepayne

Made up of one part Med Tech, one part Nocturnal writer and two parts chocolate. Literary Agent @GoldenWheatLit .

Oklahoma, USA

Golden Wheat Literary

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · Jul 12

#querytip I feel like I need to say this again but your query is a reflection of you as a writer. It’s no different than if you were applying for a job. Because it is one. Both requires you to do your research and send in the requested materials in the right way it’s asked for.

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · Apr 18

but never knowing about the story that makes it wonderful. I don't like being told the book is good. Let me judge it for myself. Instead, convince me it's good with how you paint the query and the story itself. It's like the whole don't tell but show when writing. Just show me.

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · Apr 18

They're saying their work will be as big and amazing as *insert popular title here* and sometimes they even put how it's movie worthy. The other is when the query has absolutely nothing on what the story is actually about. It's tiring reading a query about how wonderful a book is

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · Apr 18

#querytip I've come to realize that two things always alert me of when I might not like a story before I've even read it. The first is when the query compares the story to popular works. And I don't mean that they're saying their story is similar to these popular works.

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · Mar 8

#agenttip #querytip I’ve been getting a lot of DMs w/unsolicited queries so I need to get some things off my chest. Please follow the proper methods when querying & make sure you read the submission guidelines. It’s your job as writers to be thorough & to be ready BEFORE querying

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · 2 Sep 2018

#querytip Please don’t send unsolicited queries to my direct email. Go through the agency and follow the guidelines. It makes the turnaround process smoother. If you want to make sure I’ve received your query you can always message me on Twitter and I’ll confirm for you.

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · 18 May 2017

If you can't handle rejection or constructive criticism without responding bitterly, it'll be hard to become a better writer. #querytip

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · 30 Mar 2017

When you ask an writer to resend following the agency's guidelines and they resend but still don't follow them. *sighs* #agenting #querytip

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · 7 Dec 2016

#querytip Also when you submitting to agents, please, please, please follow their agency's guidelines. I can't stress this enough.

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · 7 Dec 2016

#querytip Submitting directly to me when I didn't request it doesn't put you ahead of everyone else. I go in order of when I received them.

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · 9 Nov 2016

#querytip Writers please tell what your story is about. I don't get anything from you telling me "stuff happens" or "the MC learns a lesson"