Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · 17h

Dear Writers,

I am currently caught up to JUNE in my Maybe Pile and AUGUST in my General Pile! =] #querytip #amquerying

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 1d

I LOVE it when a query is short, around 500 words or so, and the writer brilliantly includes: appropriate greeting, hook, genre, length, protagonists, conflict, comps, info about them, appropriate sign off. #querytip

Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore · 2d

Someone referred to personalizing the query as "tush-kissing."

That's a bitter misconception. We aren't looking for ego-stroking. Personalization is stating the reason you want us to be your literary agent. Often it's simply because we rep what you write. #querytip

Stacey Graham @staceyigraham · 3d

#querytip Resist the urge to have your subject line look like spam (thank you, no, I am not in need of male enhancement).

Also, don't call me "gentlemen" in your salutation.

Wait, maybe this book really *is* for male enhancement.

Nicole Fischer @nicolefischer13 · 4d

Real talk right now #authors: if you submit a manuscript to a publisher (or agent) via an open call/website, it is CRUCIAL that you follow their criteria. It's step #1, the easiest part, and willfully ignoring guidelines is a waste of your time (and ours). #querytip #pubtip

BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit · 4d

Last week, fiction. This week: Do Author's Need a Platform for Non-Fiction? #WritingCommunity #QueryTip youtu.be/2ZnV8BDjaPk via @YouTube

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 4d

Also, if you are a repeat offender of sending undeniably bad, aggressive, and insulting queries, I set a filter for your name/email and you're automatically sent to the trash. Sorry not sorry. #pubtip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 4d

Under no circumstances should you GROUP DM agents to query your work. #pubtip #amquerying

Marisa A. Corvisiero 📚 @mcorvisiero · 4d

Replying to @KevinRonan4

We don't restrict whom you submit to, as your process is entirely your own. However each agent you choose to query should be properly targeted and addressed in a single e-mail so you can show them that they are the best match to represent the work. #Querytip #WritingCommnunity

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · 4d

I’m so frustrated, so random #querytip, DO NOT email 100-some agents and tell them to start bidding money for your query, and that for each bid, you will release one word of your manuscript. It cracks me up that you all think we’ve got thousands of dollars lying around to—

erin clyburn @erin_clyburn · 4d

Generally, a rejection is a rejection unless we've asked to see the project again after a revision. Unless it's undergone a major overhaul (which generally does not happen in a week), please do not resend. #querytip 2/2

erin clyburn @erin_clyburn · 4d

I'm seeing a lot of quick repeat queries lately. As in, one of our agents rejects a project, & the author resubmits within a few days/weeks that they have done a fast edit based on the rejection feedback. Please pay attention to sub guidelines on agency sites. #querytip 1/2

Arielle Datz @ArielleMarla · 4d

I know there are exceptions to every rule. But if you query me with a novel that is 300,000 words (and say so in the first line of the query), that is an INSTANT delete. (Shouldn't this go without saying at this point?) #queryfail

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · 5d

A little clarity for you: my query reply rate is 88.3%; my submission reply rate is 84.4%. Meaning, I answer rather quickly. But I STILL have 312 unread queries, 61 others in the Maybe pile, & 23 submissions to read. Plus life, current clients, & 2nd job.

IT IS A LOT. #querytip

Lane Heymont @LaneHeymont · 5d

Agents don’t live in their inbox, nor do we answer emails within ten seconds. #querytip

BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit · 6d

Communication is a two-way street and asking how an agent communicates is a good first step to starting a relationship, but having the ability to discuss what’s working and not working is what forms the strongest relationships. #PubTip #AuthorAgent bookendsliterary.com/2018/04/24/com…

Heather Cashman @HeatherCashman · 6d

Please, don't lie in your query.
About being self-published 'by a small traditional press'.
About the word count on your book.
On anything.
Because when I research you, it doesn't matter how amazing your ms is. I'll reject you and we'll both be disappointed.