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
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
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
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—
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
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
Metra Kootsikas @Nice2MeechaHey @LitAgentKelly! Do you like spoilers in your requested synopses or not? I have two versions: 🙈 or 🐵! #amquerying
Synopses always give away the ending and spoilers! A query shouldn’t. :) Also, #querytip
Jessica Reino @JNRlitauthorIn your query, I need I know about your book. It’s great to learn about what inspired you to write the book, if your life/job experience had something to do with the story, but I need to know about the manuscript first. #querytip
Yes, please! #QueryTip
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…
Please, don't lie in your query.
About being self-published 'by a small traditional press'.
About the word count on your book.
Because when I research you, it doesn't matter how amazing your ms is. I'll reject you and we'll both be disappointed.