Marisa Corvisiero @mcorvisiero · Jan 6

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

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Jan 6

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.

Susan, A Graham @Grahamophones · Jan 6

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

McCorkle_Editor @McCorkle_Editor · Jan 5

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

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Jan 3

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…

Susan, A Graham @Grahamophones · Jan 3

If you query me & misgender me I delete it! 😀😀#querytip #subtip psa!

A.M. Rose @annmrose · Jan 3

25% of the queries I looked at this morning started with the character waking up.

Authors - You can do better. I promise.

#querytip #SlushInsight

Hope Bolinger - DEN PREORDER 2 WEEKS @HopeBolinger · Jan 3


Unless an agent specifically requests a revision, assume it's probably a pass.

It's fine to ask! But many will say, "No, thanks."

#WritingCommunity #amquerying

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Jan 2

10% had interesting pitches, but the pages didn’t connect with me. These are completely subjective passes

5% weren't for me—good manuscripts but not subjects I cared about, or styles I didn’t know how to represent

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Jan 2

Happy HollZABÉs ⛄️🌲❄️ @ZREllor

My 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

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Jan 2

#querytip The number one reason I pass on SFF queries is a lack of a unique hook. I’ve read SO much SFF—if your pitch doesn’t bring something new to the table, it won’t draw me in

BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit · Jan 1

Our first video of 2020: 10 Things Literary Agents Look for in an Author via @YouTube #pubtip

Cortney Radocaj 🏳️‍🌈💖💜💙 @CortneyRadocaj · 31 Dec 2019

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

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · 28 Dec 2019

#querytip #amquerying Don't purposely point out your shortfalls in your author bio. You are more than qualified to write your story with or without a "writing" degree.

Sharon Belcastro - Agent at Belcastro Agency @SharonBelcastro · 28 Dec 2019

#amwriting #querytip I'm seeing a trend of manuscripts way outside the acceptable word counts. Low and High. Learn your genre. This is a good guide.

Hope Bolinger - DEN PREORDER 2 WEEKS @HopeBolinger · 27 Dec 2019


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)