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. 🧐
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
Alyssa Jennette @AlyssaJennetteIt is a bit irksome when querying authors query more than one project at a time. A few times now I've been told about an author's offer of rep...on a totally different project I've never seen or heard of before.
Lead with your best work that’s market-ready and right for *me*! We’ll talk about your other projects when I love your MS and call to find out more about you. #querytip
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.
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
#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.
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
#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.
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.