I've recently seen some authors follow up on submissions, and other attempts to communicate with Agents or Editor to try to get them to look at their work or ask for things. Folks, this isn't the forum to do that. Those communications should be private. #QueryTip
Today's lunchtime #pubtip thread is on the most important habit authors (/all of us) should cultivate as we move through the industry, whether we're crafting a book proposal, problem-solving with colleagues, etc.: ENERGIZE OTHERS; DO NOT EXHAUST THEM.
Babies, ILY, but when you send queries to the info email, I delete them. If you found our info address, you went to our website where you will ALSO SEE our submissions address. Please follow submissions guidelines. Thank! #subtip #querytip
I hate rejecting manuscripts, especially those that are really good, but not right for me. I know how hard writers work on them and it makes me sad to have to pass. But, you must have the right person for you and your work. #pubtip #writetip
Author/artist followers, please read this excerpt from @RachelFriedman's new book, AND THEN WE GREW UP. It's about the nonlinearity of success, the myth of "making it," and the reality that you're probably never going to feel like you can relax. #pubtip
Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllorMy 2019 #querystats (#amagenting #writingcommunity) say I had a 5% request rate. Let me break that down...
50% of queries were auto-rejects. Incorrect formatting, no sense of market.
30% were good, but not great. Authors needed further development and practice to produce publishable work. Not ready for representation yet
Kaitlyn Johnson - Closed to Queries @kaitylynne13So, the #amagenting year rounded up:
2,765 queries b/w Feb & Dec (remember I was closed to queries in Jan and Oct-Dec)
Of those queries, I requested 132
I offered rep 5 times
I signed 3 new writers in 2019
Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKellyY’all, I’ll be working and responding to more queries today in an attempt to catch up. If you don’t want to know the fate of your query today, don’t open your email. Apologizing in advance. Again.
Same here. I know it's the new year, but agents took off a lot of time to ensure we didn't send rejections on Xmas or other holidays. New year and we've got to jump back on the work train #amagenting #querytip #amquerying
A quick reminder that if you want to query me, please don’t DM me to ask if I’m interested!
That’s the whole idea of querying—sending your pitch and pages to an agent in the hopes that they’re interested.
So I’ll let you know either way when you query! :) #querytip
Don't let the synopsis freak you out. Some tips:
- 1.5-2 pages is the ideal
- 3rd person present tense
- only the essentials (not minor details/characters)
- tell the whole story (no cliffhangers)
Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlitEven a world rights deal in which the publisher controls all formats in every language & territory, the copyright is registered in your name. Don’t forget to reserve any rights not specified to give you control over future formats.
Not in Little Women’s time but now, as soon as you write or type your manuscript, you create a copyright of it. No need to register anywhere until the book is published and then publisher will do so in your name. #pubtip