#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.
Teagan Dawson @TeaganLikesPink@kaitylynne13 I appreciate this. My request would be that if you’re not trans and you want to write about us, it seems very advisable to work with/consult a trans person to double-check your representation.
There are shades of grey to us that are just hard to grasp without living our lives.
Another wonderful addition. Don't send me LGBTQA+ work that hasn't been seen my MULTIPLE sensitivity or beta readers. Just don't. You should have these readers for anything you write, so please just do it. #amquerying #querytip
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
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
Laura Crockett @LECrockettIt 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
Jennifer D Fowler @jenniferdfowlerAgent 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?
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 @precociouspennyIf 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