Megan Manzano 🏳️🌈 @Megan_ManzanoCutting whole scenes and characters from your story can be scary, but think of them as being a step closer to the final draft.
#writingcommunity #writetip #pubtip
Just a #querytip reminder: I do not accept queries through email. Please make sure you are using my QM link per my sub guidelines. Queries sent to my email will be deleted unanswered. Having all my queries in one place allows me to stay organized and timely in my responses.
Hi hello how are you. Don't send me Nazi romances. Don't send me Nazi redemption arcs. I don't want them and if you send them to me I will never work with you on anything ever. #querytip #protip #askagent #writingcommunity #tellallyourlilfriends #cuzimsickofthisshit
Villains can be cliches, too. When a villain in a story is too familiar, the threat dissipates, i.e.,evil genius, bad drug corporation, developer, etc. That bad guy has to be shaken up to be newly intriguing. Think of how many Qs agents see. Surprise us. #pubtip
Jonny Geller @JonnyGellerReduce chances of ms being rejected by following some easy steps:
- target your submission
- send best possible draft
- be confident, brief, clear
- don’t distract by trying to over pitch
- entice by leaving us wanting to know more
- share a clue as to who you are
Many a worthy #pubtip here
When using Query Manager, we’re able to see who else you’ve queried at our agency.
i.e. it’s very, very easy to tell when someone blatantly ignores our guidelines.
Don’t give yourself an automatic strike by not listening to what we’re asking for.
So #querytip, if you're sending to multiple agents in submissions (esp back to back) & you personalize by name but not the rest of your query, we notice. So if all three agents "have an interest in...." when we don't, you don't look great. Take that extra effort, it will show.
A rejection doesn't mean you're a bad writer or we didn't like your project. Just means I didn't have that burning-absolute-yes-gut-feeling that will fuel our efforts as we drill through revisions and then champion your project to publishers. #askagent #querytip
Send agents 1 pitch at a time. Pick your strongest manuscript.
But also, list all your other books in the query too. Ex. "I also have a completed adult SF space opera & a horror available upon request."
I actually SIGNED A CLIENT on one of the OTHER books he listed.
Writers, if your book doesn't perfectly fit a specific MSWL item, that's okay! It's better to query because you think the book is a good fit in general than to try to cherry pick elements of a specific mswl to make your book fit. (Example in next tweet) #querytip