Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · 19h

Random #querytip: Voice doesn’t always mean the dialogue or the thoughts/italics that come from your main character. Most of the time, it’s actually your sentence structures and your word choices. So, how can you best convey your style, and your character, through words?

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · 20h

It's almost time! Join us at 7:30 to discuss WHICH PUBLISHING PATH IS BEST FOR YOU! #amwriting #amquerying #querytip Don't forget to ask any questions and use the #Publishable tag.…

Saritza🇵🇷Hernandez @epubagent · 21h

If your prologue is the length of your sample pages, perhaps rethink its need to be a prologue and not Chapter 1. Or pepper the backstory throughout the work instead. #querytip

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · 22h

I do not personalize rejections on query letters, only on requested material. So asking me to change my form letter to "prove" I've read your query won't be happening. Please don't do this, it's strange. #querytip

Maria Ribas @maria_ribas · 1d

No wallowing in the lonely author life, please! In fact, @thewritelife recommends the opposite: join a writing group, asap. #pubtip #writerscommunity

Katie Shea Boutillier @AgentShea · 1d

#READERS: The best gift to an author is to post a positive review. Take the time, it will mean so much to them! #pubtip

Penny Moore @precociouspenny · 2d

If you're a querying writer who has been previously published, it'd be really helpful to also include the title/genre/and pub date of your previous works. Merely saying "I've been published before," doesn't give agents a clear enough picture. #pubtip #querytip

Emily S. Keyes 🧜🏼‍♀️ @esc_key · 2d

I know writing a query isn't fun but I really need you to write one. When you send me 10 pages with just "Hope it makes you smile!", I don't know what I'm looking at or what set of expectations to put on the pages. #querytip

Tia Rose Mele @TiatheTiger · 2d

#querytip if your project is rejected, don’t just send revised pages unless the agent asks for it. In most cases, sending a new query is OK if your book has been revised extensively since the rejection (check guidelines/ask first) but don’t just send pages (unless it’s an R&R)

Terrie Wolf @AKA_Terrie · 2d

Gentle reminder: there's a reason it's called "social media" rather than "Book Buying Guilt Fest." Things need to change if your feed so much as slightly resembles the following. #MondayMotivation #PubTip

Victoria Marini @LitAgentMarini · 5d

#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 · 6d

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 · Feb 14

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 · Feb 14

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 · Feb 14

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 · Feb 14

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."


ex. from THE DOOR TO THE LOST by @JaleighJohnson