Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 2d

#querytip following instructions isn't an arbitrary rule we set up just to sweat you. A lot of agents use keywords & filters to keep their inboxes organized, so when you ignore instructions your query can wind up in the wrong folder, in a junk folder, or automatically deleted.

A.M. Rose @annmrose · 2d

The problem with starting your query with a rhetorical question is that if the question doesn’t mean something to the reader it loses its impact.
#querytip #SlushInsight

Moe Ferrara @inthesestones · 3d

It's a new year and all that but I can guarantee the one thing that I will never be looking for in my inbox: vampires. #querytip #pubtip #antiMSWL #JustCallMeBuffy

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 3d

I've noticed that the amount of query space a writer devotes to his reasons for writing, the less likely I am to enjoy the sample pages. #querytip

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · 3d

PSA for querying writers: please make sure you don't have your anti-spam settings up so high it's impossible to get to you! If my query reply gets rejected bc I'm not on an "approved contacts" list or similar, you just won't hear from me. 😟 #querytip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 3d

WEAK character development in a pitch = "Two girls who are kids just like any other kid."

STRONG character development in a pitch = "Two girls with powers in a land that has lost its magic."

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#agenting

ex. from THE DOOR TO THE LOST by @JaleighJohnson

greyhausagency @greyhausagency · 4d

#pubtip. If an agent or editor rejects you, don't argue. Learn from the comments and find some place where your story better fits, or fix the issues we told you the story had.

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · 4d

Just an FYI to all those querying me right now, my replies may be a bit later than usual since it's #PitchWars time! Trying to read as fast as possible, though ❤️ #querytip #amquerying #amagenting

Elana Roth Parker @ElanaRoth · 4d

Do not recommend addressing an agent as “Hi dear” when querying. #protip #querytip

greyhausagency @greyhausagency · 4d

#pubtip Make sure there is a logical reason why A) your characters would meet; B) your characters would ever have a relationship; and C) this relationship would last beyond the conflict in your story.

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · 4d

How long does a book have to be? If you're wondering about word counts for whatever you're writing, look here: katemckean.substack.com #pubtip

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · 5d

When submitting sample pages always submit the first pages or chapter. If you feel that material is not important to the book then it shouldn't be in there at all. #querytip

Laura Crockett @LECrockett · 5d

Laura Crockett @LECrockett

It is NOT a negative. It won't matter one way or another if you mention in the query, but we will ask when we offer rep what you do for a living (out of curiosity, getting to know you/your background, etc). Publishers also work with your schedule re: promotion. #querytip twitter.com/jenniferdfowle…

Follow-up: if your background/experience plays into elements of the manuscript (your MC is also a graphic designer, studied biology, has a child w a disability, plays X instrument), that's HELPFUL to know in the query. It means you know what you're talking about. #querytip

Laura Crockett @LECrockett · 5d

Jennifer D Fowler @jenniferdfowler

Agent question - if a querying author has a full time job, is that a negative for you? Will you be more likely to pass because they won’t have as much time for promotion?

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It is NOT a negative. It won't matter one way or another if you mention in the query, but we will ask when we offer rep what you do for a living (out of curiosity, getting to know you/your background, etc). Publishers also work with your schedule re: promotion. #querytip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · 6d

Penny Moore @precociouspenny

If you were agented before and you're querying new agents, please mention that you had representation in your query letter. Also, it'd be very helpful if you mention who your previous agent was. #querytip

To those worried that an agent might not want to rep you if you've parted ways with an agent before, this isn't true. I've signed authors who previously had rep. One of my best examples is the fabulous @nickipaupreto, whose debut, CROWN OF FEATHERS, comes out tomorrow! #querytip

greyhausagency @greyhausagency · 6d

#pubtip When you have grammar errors in your query letter, you are already setting yourself up for a rejection.

greyhausagency @greyhausagency · 6d

#pubtip Please keep track of your submissions. I just had to reject someone AGAIN (this was the third time).