Lynn Jones Johnston
@lynnjohnstonlit
Literary Agent
Literary agent repping journalists, thought leaders, fire breathers, truth tellers, healers, teachers & more. She/Her
23 MSWL
77 Tips

-Do not put the copyright notice. As soon as you write something, you have a natural copyright to it.

Formatting doesn't make or break a project but the care & professionalism signals to agents/editors the kind of author they can expect. #pubtip

Margaret Sutherland Brown
@MargaretESB
Literary Agent
Book Agent @FolioLiterary . Big on books, NYC, mothering two tiny boys, margaritas, skiing, seasons + empathy.
6 MSWL
1 Tips

#querytip Please make sure to send your query to the email address the agent specifies. Every day I get queries to my general email, and those take me longer to read--much longer.

Elana Roth Parker
@ElanaRoth
Literary Agent
Kidlit agent w/ @LDLiterary , bourbon lover, challah baker, Trekkie for life, new quilter, stepmom, mom. Still not Elena. She/her.
90 MSWL
3 AskAgent
185 Tips

Y’all. Word counts. Why is everything in my submissions box 100k+? Like…everything. #querytip

BookEnds Literary Agency
@bookendslit
Literary Agency
A literary agency repping bestselling, award-winning, & int'l published authors and illustrators for children & adults. Empowering creators to achieve dreams.
34 MSWL
52 AskAgent
110 Tips
BookEnds Literary Agency
@bookendslit
Literary Agency
A literary agency repping bestselling, award-winning, & int'l published authors and illustrators for children & adults. Empowering creators to achieve dreams.
34 MSWL
52 AskAgent
110 Tips

The BookEnds Blog is filled with querying, writing, and publishing advice by @BookEndsJessica. We'll be sharing some of it here.

First thing to master: perseverance! #PubTip

McCorkle_Editor
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/ City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres, freelance editor. Love is love. enigmaticeditor.blogspot.com
69 MSWL
68 Tips

What makes me stop reading and/or reject a manuscript? Too many, or poorly executed broken/incomplete sentences. I don't care if everyone else is doing it. Would you jump off a bridge if everyone else was? #querytip #amquerying

McCorkle_Editor
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/ City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres, freelance editor. Love is love. enigmaticeditor.blogspot.com
69 MSWL
68 Tips

What makes me stop reading and/or reject a manuscript? Too much, or poorly used passive #writing (was, were, had). #querytip #amquerying

Hope Bolinger
@HopeBolinger
Literary Agent
Lit. agent, author, Dear Henchman (April 2021), Vision (August 2021) Picture Imperfect (October 2021)
2 MSWL
13 AskAgent
57 Tips

If you really want your writing friend in front of agents/editors, the best way is for them to follow the rules

We're not generally fans of submissions that ignore submissions guidelines and try to get us in our dms

#querytip

Hope Bolinger
@HopeBolinger
Literary Agent
Lit. agent, author, Dear Henchman (April 2021), Vision (August 2021) Picture Imperfect (October 2021)
2 MSWL
13 AskAgent
57 Tips

Hope Bolinger @HopeBolinger

#querytip thread

Hi, #WritingCommunity a few agents mentioned this was a thing they see on a regular basis, so just a heads up

Many of us are writers, too, and we want to support writers. But please make sure before referring a writer friend to see if we're accepting subs

Why I say this is often friends and family who are close to us may think, "Well, I know this agent, so I can get my writer friend in with this agent."

But not only does that make us feel just like a business card to you, but often we're not acquiring
#querytip

Lynn Jones Johnston
@lynnjohnstonlit
Literary Agent
Literary agent repping journalists, thought leaders, fire breathers, truth tellers, healers, teachers & more. She/Her
23 MSWL
77 Tips

If you're planning to pitch a nonfiction book, use one of the most powerful persuasion tools--storytelling--to make the proposal memorable. I'm not talking about the sample chapters or ms (that goes w/o saying) but the overview, bio, TOC & marketing. #pubtip

BookEnds Literary Agency
@bookendslit
Literary Agency
A literary agency repping bestselling, award-winning, & int'l published authors and illustrators for children & adults. Empowering creators to achieve dreams.
34 MSWL
52 AskAgent
110 Tips
Amelia Appel
@AmeliaLAppel
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @triadaus . Always learning. Love all things sports. When not reading, likely running. Or downing a dozen donuts in one sitting. She/Her
32 MSWL
26 Tips

Querying writers! If you receive an offer of rep (yay!) it is standard to let every agent still considering know and give them 2 weeks to make a decision on your work. You increase your chances of finding the best fit! It might be the first agent; it might not! #querytip

Saritza (Closed to queries)
@LitAgentSaritza
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @AndreaBrownLit , #UCLAAnnex educator β˜•οΈ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡·πŸ§©πŸ“š #autismparent #lgbtparent #queeraf πŸ’–πŸ’™πŸ’œ She/her. #SarysPosse
121 MSWL
12 AskAgent
39 Queries
97 Tips

Authors: Please, please, please notify agents who have your query when you accept representation. #querytip

Cortney Radocaj πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™
@CortneyRadocaj
Literary Agent
literary agent @belcastr β€’ writer β€’ she/her β€’ bisexual β€’ neurodivergent
88 MSWL
26 AskAgent
71 Tips

#querytip I'm not quite back on the vampire train yet, so if you have a vampire novel, I'm probably not the right fit right now!

That being said, if you have a new twist on them (and they aren't called vampires), I'm open to that! Think malchai from THIS SAVAGE SONG 😊

McCorkle_Editor
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/ City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres, freelance editor. Love is love. enigmaticeditor.blogspot.com
69 MSWL
68 Tips

I love it when authors set their novels in interesting and unique places and make the setting part of the story. #querytip

Saritza (Closed to queries)
@LitAgentSaritza
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @AndreaBrownLit , #UCLAAnnex educator β˜•οΈ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡·πŸ§©πŸ“š #autismparent #lgbtparent #queeraf πŸ’–πŸ’™πŸ’œ She/her. #SarysPosse
121 MSWL
12 AskAgent
39 Queries
97 Tips
πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Patrick (he/him) - Literary Agent πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ
@LiteraryPatrick
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @ Bond Literary Agency | Reader | Runner | Hiker | Husky Dad | Gay | Bookclub Leader | English Instructor
8 MSWL
1 Tips

Some #querystats... I took yesterday and today to read through October queries. I got 125 queries, I requested 3 full manuscripts. #amagenting

Some tips...
I don’t rep SciFi or MG or Historical Fiction
I prefer LGBTQ stories, or Fantasy/Horror
β€œIt was” = 🚫
Wordcounts matter

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

1st week back to work & 1st week the @PSLiterary query box is open.

Some fun #querystats:

I got approx. 120 queries pitched to me specifically the past 5 days of the queries being open.

I've read 50% & flagged 2 for requests.

1 query I saw right away & requested directly.

Elana Roth Parker
@ElanaRoth
Literary Agent
Kidlit agent w/ @LDLiterary , bourbon lover, challah baker, Trekkie for life, new quilter, stepmom, mom. Still not Elena. She/her.
90 MSWL
3 AskAgent
185 Tips

And sorry to say...I am NOT re-opening to picture books. I'm sorry. #pubtip #querytip

McCorkle_Editor
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/ City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres, freelance editor. Love is love. enigmaticeditor.blogspot.com
69 MSWL
68 Tips

If you have ever wondered if publishers check your social media, the answer is yes, we definitely do. Authors are public figures in today's world. The way you engage is important. #pubtip #querytip