Our work email is on Google. Google pulls a little avatar for each email sender if there’s one available. I still can't get over what shows up for some people in my queries. Maybe check yours before querying? Shirts highly recommended. #querytip
And if you’re doing this deliberately, cut it out! You’re not going to get a different answer on a different day. I’ve seen lots of mass emails (with multiple agents in cc! Don’t do this!) as well as repeat emails lately, and don’t know what’s going on. But please stop. #querytip
I understand that accidents happen. To minimize repeats/misfires, keep a log of who you submit to. I suggest building this before you even start sending, as part of your query plan! Decide who your top agent picks are, organize, then send your work with purpose. #querytip
Authors, please — don’t do mass copy/paste queries. At least plop in my name.
Double please — don’t send the same query email multiple times to the same agent. Especially not when one version includes a “referral” from someone they don’t know. It’s rude as hell.
Hey all! I am currently closing to queries for a bit to focus on client work and catch up on my submissions. I will still be going through and answering those I have, so keep an eye out for my replies! #amquerying #querytip #WritingCommunity
Some #querystats for the #amwriting #amquerying crowd now that we're in August!
In my query inbox...
78 queries (from July 14th)
8 partials (from July 13th)
6 fulls (from June 26th)
I'm reading as fast as I can, and thank you for trusting me with your wonderful work!
Happy August! Here's a few #querystats for July:
Queries received: 676
Full requests: 2
Offers of rep: 1
I currently have a few unread queries & 7 full manuscripts, & my goal for the month is to get through them all. Inbox zero for September! Wish me luck. 😬
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A problem I see in many fantasy queries is that authors want to start with the details of their world, but with so little space, what really matters is the character and their journey. The world should be introduced as you explain how your character interacts with it. #querytip
Answering questions today for subscribers of AGENTS & BOOKS, such as:
-Do I have to mention my former agent?
-Do I have to write a dumb query? B/c they're really dumb.
-What will the internet think if I don't sell my novel????
Hey friends, today's AGENTS & BOOKS wins for most repeated question marks deployed in a single newsletter, so read on about why I am so ????? when people send me non-consecutive chapters as part of their submissions. katemckean.substack.com/p/start-at-the…
#WritingCommunity #bookagents #pubtip
Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRothI have 300+ unread queries to answer and I never let it get that high so the number is freaking me out and it’s only 3 weeks worth of queries and I’m completely feeling under water. #amagenting
"A beginner’s guide to looking up agents. Because it shouldn’t be that hard, and if you know the right resources, it isn’t. Especially when those resources are (almost entirely) free." bit.ly/2OslZiW via @ericsmithrocks #PubTip #QueryTip
If you're writing a romance novel synopsis or pitch, highlight the scenes where they're falling in love! E.g. "While volunteering at the shelter, Brett and Nathan talk about their dogs and families and realize they have more in common than they'd thought."
Many people will often disdain Jr. Agents or agents who are newer to the industry, because they're worried they don't have enough experience.
But a new agent also is building their list and may be more open to queries.
In short, don't disregard them