Elise Capron @EliseCapron · 16h

If you are cold calling an agent to ask for their submission requirements, have a pen & paper. Don't be driving a car. Don't call & demand that the agent email you, because you can't be bothered. This does not inspire confidence in a potential future relationship. 🧐

DeidreKnight @DeidreKnight · 19h

I have seen this so many times, I need to offer an impt #pubtip. If querying an agent who uses query manager.com, don't ignore their open categories.

People keep querying me for fiction, selecting unrelated nonfiction topics. Do NOT do this. Here's why THREAD

paige wheeler @pwheeler_agent · 21h

From my intern, Amber: #QueryTip – Seven tips from the slush pile for those #amquerying well-storied.com/blog/seven-sub…

Nicole Payne @tnicolepayne · 1d

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 · 1d

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 · 1d

#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.

Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore · 1d

Opening your pitch with a rhetorical question can be risky, particularly the "have you ever wondered" type. Because most of the time, I haven't ever wondered. So it won't lure me in the way a pitch should. #querytip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 1d


A royalty statement reports units paid for by retailer* to publisher (not from consumer to author)

*retailer defined as bookstore, library, Amazon.com, Target/Walmart/Costco, grocery stores, airports, book clubs, etc.

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 2d

There's usually an exception to every rule, but don't TRY to be the exception. It's usually obvious. #querytip

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 2d

Likewise, I'm seeing MG at astronomically high levels, like 80k+. This also scares me. High word counts tell me either a) you can't self-edit b) something is very overblown. (Don't ask me what a good word count is. Many people have written about it. Google it.) #querytip

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 2d

The more I do this (especially given my focus on kids and YA books), the more scared off I am by anything over 100k in word count. I regularly see 130k+ projects. It's really hard to get me excited at that level. #querytip

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 2d

Short and sweet, friends. Keep it short and sweet. No need to over-personalize or excessively connect with me. Hook me with the pitch. The rest will follow. #querytip

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 2d

A rejection isn't necessarily a quality judgment. I reject things that look and sound good all the time. It just means I'm not the right person for it. My answer of "the project isn't right for me" couldn't be more apt. #querytip

JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · 2d

#QueryTip A "no" from one ABLA agent is a "no" from the agency as a whole. However, you may submit a new work to another agent or the same agent. And, if the work is significantly revised, you may resubmit it after 6 months.

Colleen Oefelein @eerie_o · 2d

On today's Agent Monday post, meet fab Senior Literary Agent Stephen Fraser @fraserstephena of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency!
#pubtip #querytip #amquerying

Marlene Stringer @MarleneStringer · 2d

Writers - Please don't talk about yourself in 3rd person in Q letters. It's just weird. #pubtip

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · 3d

Quick #pubtip: It’s a GOOD thing if your agent is signing new people now and then. Why?
1. It means they’re actively involved in the industry.
2. It helps keep their inspiration/creativity alive.
3. More MS’s=more deals=better reputation for all.
4. Can help expand your network.