emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

12/ Okay, okay. This is a good one to stop on because it is BIZARRE. The author has no credentials, but I can honestly say it's weird AF. I'm intrigued. This one's going into the maybe pile to talk myself out of later. 😂

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

11/ This one is close, but just off-mark for me. It has a bit of a cult-y, creepy vibe, but I'm not sure what's super important about it. It feels like maybe we've already seen elements of this in ROOM and KIMMY SCHMIDT. I don't think I need a third take on this right now.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

10/ Sci-fi with time travel, but back to the 9th century. I'm not huge on complex worldbuilding, or ancient historical, so I'm not the right person for this one. Pass.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

9/ This is a really genuine PB query about the ocean, but unfortunately the quality just isn't there for the contemporary market or for agent involvement yet.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

8/ This book is literally about biblical Jesus, and I'm not the right agent for that in any context. Even sci-fi.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

7/ Interesting. Picture book about gender and dress-up from a BIPOC author. This one's going into my maybe pile. Not sure if the market is oversaturated on this yet.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

6/ Sorry, folks, but I'm disabled - if you use the phrase "special needs" in your query, that's a quick pass from me.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

5/ This one's a YA murder mystery, which I'm always very tempted by, but unfortunately the author doesn't have any prior writing experience, and the book doesn't feel like it's filling a gap or has a timely or urgent theme. Reluctant pass.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

4/ Next one is for multiple books (I prefer standalone), didn't follow submission guidelines, and is really riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Pass.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

3/ Author didn't include a writing sample. Submission guidelines = so important! That said, it's also non-fiction, and it's super broad subject matter with no clear, timely message. Pass from me.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

2/ This author sounds great and has wonderful credentials. The book does have trans rep, which I love. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the book would fit into either YA or adult, and it's fantasy, but not sure whether high fantasy or low, which is tough for marketing. Pass.

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips
Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

OK, that's my #tenqueries. Two requests, eight passes. Not a bad haul.

I may briefly hop back on for any pitch contests that might be taking place this summer...otherwise, no Twitter for me anytime soon.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

Q10: The author decided to forego the query letter altogether and just went right into Chapter 1. The quality of the writing is exactly 1 million percent more valuable than a query letter could ever be...but you should still include one with your submission. #tenqueries

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

Q9: Classic story retelling. There are already tons of classic story retellings out there, not sure what this one brings to to the table. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

Q8: Writing isn't there. One of the most common reasons I pass on a submission is that the writing isn't there. #tenqueries

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

Q7: Military fiction. I really like MF...but unless the writing is spectacular and the story is unlike anything else I've read, it's just a really tough sell. Pass. #tenqueries

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

Q6: Well-written query, great comp titles, author did her research and queried me because she read it's my kind of story. Few things will separate you from the pack like proving to an agent you did your homework and are querying that specific agent for a reason. #tenqueries

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

Q5: I genuinely admire and appreciate persistence, a consistent willingness to improve, and taking your shot...but if you've queried me so many times with so many different projects that I immediately recognize your name in my inbox, we just might not be a good match. #tenqueries

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
98 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
115 Tips

Q4: Spider-themed horror novel. I'll always be a sucker for spider stories, especially one that sounds like it offers a fresh twist on the usual fare. Will request. #tenqueries