Cortney Radocaj 🏳️🌈💖💜💙
As you’re querying, keep in mind I am NOT the right agent for:
-Chosen One plots
-MC Discovering Unknown World/Powers plots
-graphic sexual assault
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Please don't DM/email agents after a rejection trying to get more info on why we passed.
I understand the urge, but we only have so much time for each query, and this pushes a boundary that's necessary for us to keep in place.
Your query should NOT give away everything; it should hook and entice and want to make you read more.
Your synopsis SHOULD give away everything; it’s meant to present the beats of your story and ensure your plot is solid.
The two are NOT interchangeable!!
#querytip Quick reminder to only query COMPLETE, POLISHED manuscripts!
Don’t send agents drafts that are half finished and tell them it’ll be finished soon. Wait until it’s complete and edited!
(Also this is for FICTION manuscripts)
#querytip Reminder that I DO NOT represent any kind of nonfiction!
For QM, if an agent doesn’t have your genre/age category as an option... probably a good hint they don’t rep that (i.e. nonfic and MG aren’t options on my sub page I PROMISE IM NOT HIDING THEM I DONT REP THESE)
#querytip quick (and v subjective, personal) reminder—opening with an intense, graphic sex scene is going to immediately turn me off of a manuscript.
Sex in an MS is fine in general for me, but DEAR GOD please let me get immersed in the world and characters first.
Just remember—word count matters for a reason. Agents and editors harp on it because we WANT you to succeed. And it kills us to see so many shooting themselves in the foot right out the gate.
So do your research. Take a hard look at your word count.
What do I have in excess? Do I need to cut down on world building to keep everything streamlined? Do I have too many sub plots? Are there any scenes that aren’t doing work? Am I spending time in an area that the book could do without?
What pieces am I missing? Is my book made up of layers? Are my characters and their relationships complex and compelling? Do I have any subplots? Is my world building fleshed our enough? Is it too easy for my MC to achieve their goals?
If you find yourself outside of those ranges, don’t panic! I promise it’s workable.
It might be an easy fix, or it might take a lot of maneuvering and reworking, but it IS doable to both add and reduce word count.
So here are some questions to ask yourself:
But please remember—you might think 20-30k outside the range isn’t THAT bad, but it’s a LOT of words to have to figure out. Especially for an agent that just signed you, doesn’t know how well you can edit, and doesn’t know 100% how well you’ll receive critiques
When you have a large fan base that editors believe will buy your book simply bc your name is on it, they’re FAR more likely to take a risk on word counts way outside the normal range.
But if you don’t have a fan base yet? An editor isn’t going to take the risk on that 400k book
And I want to clarify—I’m talking DEBUT authors (and authors still establishing themselves) here.
Yes, your favorite famous author has a 400k book that sold really well—but that’s because they already had an established fan base.
First—WORD COUNT DOES MATTER.
I promise you, agents don’t harp on it because we’re trying to torture authors.
It’s because there’s a range (dependent on age category and genre) that editors will generally consider acceptable.
Too high or low and you run the risk of auto reject
I’ve noticed a lot of word counts WILDLY outside the acceptable range lately SO
Let’s talk about word count for a hot sec—why it matters, what’s generally acceptable, and what to ask yourself if you’re outside that range!
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