Eric Williams
@eric5310pub
Editor
Publisher at @5310publishing spreading happiness every day through books. I'm changing the world, one book at a time! 😁 I'm a bottomless pit of information!
29 MSWL
7 AskAgent
26 Tips

Editing your book before querying not only increases your chances of getting picked, but also speeds up the publishing process, since the in-house editor and author won’t have as much to revise compared to an unpolished manuscript. #querytip #writingadvice

Rebecca Eskildsen
@rleskildsen
Literary Agent
Writers House. Probably tweeting about my cat. She/her. I am open to queries.
46 MSWL
1 Tips

Hello #amquerying writers! I have a couple basic tips for you to keep in mind with your query letters. #querytip

1. I am once again begging you to sign your name! I don't know who you are, but I'd like to address you by name when I respond.

Hilary Harwell
@HilaryHarwell
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @KTLiterary | Seeker of profundity, sunshine, fun, & good books. She/her. 🇸🇪🇱🇹 Closed to queries. querymanager.com/HilaryHarwell
82 MSWL
18 Tips

#Querytip, #amwriting #amquerying folks - one of the main things that really sets outstanding query letters apart? Specificity. Make every detail as specific and unique as possible! The clearer you 🎨 paint the picture, the harder it is to resist! #writingcommunity

Emmy Nordstrom Higdon
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent @WCA_LitAgency 📖 advisor @TheFOLD_ ✍ faculty @MSWLMA 🐕‍🦺 recovering PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿ clients #SpineSquad 📘
178 MSWL
12 Queries
71 Tips

This week alone, Westwood received 12 queries for agents who aren't open. Save yourself, and the agency, the effort of sending a query that has to be read and responded to and filed, and double-check the status of an agent who you are querying before you hit send. #QueryTip

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Synopsis tip for #AmQuerying writers - When introducing your character for the 1st time in a synopsis (not talking about the query letter) put their name in ALL CAPS. This is super helpful when reading.
#QueryTip #WritingCommunity

Analieze Cervantes
@author_analieze
Literary Agent
Writer💕| Associate Agent @HKLiterary : A, YA, MG, PB & Illustrators | Former @Disneyland Cast Member🐭💚| analiezecervantes.com
34 MSWL
2 Tips

#QueryTip ❤️

1. Address the person.
2. Mention why you are querying that person (e.g. specific to #MSWL, tweet)
3. Hook--pitch
4. Book--what it's about (short, sweet, simple)
5. Cook--YOU (credentials, education, mention why you are writing/wrote said book
6. Name (contact info)

Heather Cashman
@HeatherCashman
Literary Agent
literary agent, agent mentor @StormLiterary motorcycling | kayaking | mountain biking | writing
62 MSWL
28 AskAgent
23 Tips

As I'm doing query critiques for a conference, I'm reminded that it's often the simple things that make the most difference.

#querytip

Use an easy-to-read font like 12 pt. Times New Roman. It makes a big difference.

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
279 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
385 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Super excited to be presenting at @SCBWIHouston monthly meeting. @SydneyDunlap16 & I will be talking about "What Happens Next" -- after signing with an agent & what that relationship looks like.
Come armed with all the questions!
#AmQuerying #QueryTip #WritingCommunity

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

#QueryTip - I’ve seen a lot of rhetorical questions in query letters so let me ask 1, do you want agents thinking about how they’d answer that question or reading & wanting to understand your story?
What if they don’t answer the way you need for them to go along w/ your premise?

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." Moonlights in antiques. she/her threeseasagency.com
99 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
27 Tips

#querytip: You can't sell the bacon if they can't smell the sizzle. Spend time perfecting the hook so the agent knows what the stakes (HA! meat humor) are and how your characters are going to get out of this pickle.

Okay, I may be hungry.

Stacey Graham
@staceyigraham
Literary Agent
Literary agent and author whose reviews include "ok" and "arrived in great condition." Moonlights in antiques. she/her threeseasagency.com
99 MSWL
14 AskAgent
20 Queries
27 Tips

#querytip A query is not back cover copy. Lay it all out for your prospective agent so we know what the stakes are, who gets hurt, who doesn't come home, who falls in love. Now isn't the time to be mysterious.

Hilary Harwell
@HilaryHarwell
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @KTLiterary | Seeker of profundity, sunshine, fun, & good books. She/her. 🇸🇪🇱🇹 Closed to queries. querymanager.com/HilaryHarwell
82 MSWL
18 Tips

#Amquerying authors - you’re not doing yourselves any favors by trying to sneak into my inbox before I open to queries. It shows me a few things that lead me to the conclusion that you might not be the ideal client. #querytip #WritingCommunity #followsubguidelines

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Reminder authors: you don’t need my permission to query me. My query manager is open and if you have a project you think we will be a match on send it! I respond to all queries sent there even if it takes a minute 😉❤️ #QueryTip

Paige Wheeler
@pwheeler_agent
Literary Agent
Lit Agent, wine lover, reluctant runner, book reader, recovering Luddite, badass, mom
7 MSWL
31 Tips

Feeling burned out from querying? Take a break and find out what made you fall in love with your novel in the first place! It may give you some new perspective to help in queries. #querytip #writing #writerslife #books

Helen Heller
@helenheller
Literary Agent
Terrifyingly blunt expat Geordie literary agent who loves good writing, great stories & fashion.
36 Tips

We ask for the 1st 3 chapters with every submission. We never ask for material just based on a query letter. #querytip

Kim Lindman
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
lit agent + smm @StonesongNYC repping cookbooks, nonfiction + select fiction! (send me yours ⬇️) tweets about books/food/life/#adopteevoices *opinions mine*
59 MSWL
9 Tips

#querytip: if you hire someone to query for you (don't), at least make sure it's someone that doesn't spam agents--I block some of those "services" that send literally anything to literally anyone, and I'm guessing you don't wanna pay to end up unread in spam/trash

Samantha Wekstein
@SWekstein
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @TL_Agency . She/Her, Terp🐢, ENFJ, dog lover. Illustrators: wekstein-illustrators.weebly.com. Pitch to QueryManager.com/SamanthaWekste…
139 MSWL
124 Queries
88 Tips

All novels are fiction, and in some genres, fiction is implied. So, for example, you don't need to pitch your "romance fiction novel." That's redundant! Save your extra words for plot :) #querytip

Hannah A. Brattesani
@hbrattesani
Literary Agent
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Literary Agent & International Rights at The Friedrich Agency // Queries: hbrattesani@friedrichagency.com
6 MSWL
1 Tips

Want to know who at Friedrich cries at commercials? Can cuss you out in Mandarin? Loves her French book club even though she can’t speak French? (Me. That last one is me.)
Well, check out our new and expanded bios below.
#MSWL #querytip
friedrichagency.com/about

Lucy Carson
@LucyACarson
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at The Friedrich Agency, New Yorker, Anglophile, dog AND cat person, theater nerd, @girlswritenow mentor 📚 she/her
20 MSWL
32 Tips

Querying writers! In an effort to help guide your submissions, we at The Friedrich Agency have just posted newly expanded bios for our whole team-- these showcase not just what we're looking for, but who we are. Hope to hear from you! 💙 #querytip friedrichagency.com/about