Don't write for a trend. The market is constantly changing and those stories being sold likely have been in the works for years.
Write the story you need to tell and the story you can't get out of your head.
I understand mass emailing a bunch of agents seems like an easy/quick way to query but for me it's a no go. I rarely pass without reading the pages but this is the exception. Spend the time and do it right. Follow submission guidelines. #amquerying #querytip
L’Oreal Thompson Payton @LTintheCityUpdating the comps list (comparative releases) for my book proposal and reminding myself that there's room for all of us, there's room for all of us, there's room for all of us...
Other successful books are not a threat. With comps, a good-selling title lifts all boats by proving the readership for the topic. #pubtip
While you’re querying one project, write something different. Write something new. Keep learning and practicing your craft. Don’t ever become satisfied. Stay hungry. You want to be a writer? That’s what writers do. Even published ones.
#Pubtip for my #amwriting #kidlit folks: try reading adult novels with child protagonists! It'll cement the difference between what's a kids' book and what's an adult book about a kid. Sometimes people think they're writing one when it's really the other!
We’ve just re-opened to queries and they’re pouring in! ☔️📨😊
@JennieDunhamLit & I SHARE queries, so no need to send one to each of us.
The good news: more bang for your buck! 😊
The bad news: if you’ve been rejected by one of us, it’s really by both of us.🙁
With any query, the most important thing is to show that you know your market. And if you know your hook and it stands out, then it shows that you know what your market is. #QueryTip #WritingCommunity youtube.com/watch?v=C7ndyt… via @YouTube
Note to those questioning if contests like #PitMad are worth it:
I found half of my current clients through pitch contests. Two of which have SECRET news to share soon 😉 There's always a chance in events like these ❤️ #querytip #amquerying
How many agents should you submit your query letter to?
As many agents as are appropriate, just be sure the genre of your #book is covered by that #agent. #BooksByTheNumbers
#Publishing @scbwi #Authors @PublishersWkly #PubTip @ALALibrary #AmWriting #Writers MUA: @FacesbyMadge
Maybe I'm the only one who has feelings about this, but friends, your turnaround to make a decision once you have an offer of rep doesn't have to be a week or even two. If an agent loves your work, they can wait for you longer. The decision needs to be right. #subtip #querytip -
Catching up on queries, and I found 17 in a folder they shouldn't be in because my name wasn't in the subject line. If you want your queries answered: Please 👏 Follow 👏The 👏 Instructions 👏. Added bonus: you won't get mad at me for never answering you! #querytip #pubtip
Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul@taffyakner PEOPLE WANT TO FEEL. They just want to feel. Most would rather feel angry or anxious than not feel at all, although feelings of love and belonging are better. They want to feel animated by something and pulled by a sense of mission. They want big lives that matter.
Psst, this is also an important #pubtip for selling a book, particularly nonfiction. You can be the most qualified and intelligent person on Earth, but if you're not giving people the clarion call, the shock of recognition, the prickling in the eyes, etc.
Make sure the tone of your query letter matches the tone of your submission. Don't let there be a miscommunication between the two like there is between this scuba diver and shark.
#amwriting #amediting #writers #WritingCommunity
When you transition from one line to the next in your query summary/pitch, the relationship between those two lines is dictated by how your story unfolds ("But" vs "Therefore"). If you're not sure what I mean, I suggest watching this: youtube.com/watch?v=vGUNqq… #querytip
Something I really enjoy seeing in a query is when someone tells me why they thought I would like their MS. Referencing my MSWL or my profile means you took the time to research your agents. These queries are my favorite, and I thank you for it. #querytip #amquerying
Janet Reid @Janet_ReidYou are the role model and example for your kids. Literally NOTHING is more important for their development as good people than having good parents. NEVER disparage that. Not even jokingly in a query.
I have only seen this from women writers, particularly stay at hom moms, but it applies across the board. As does my threat to come to your house and smack you with a lost sock to reinforce my point. #QueryTip #WritingCommunity #queryshark