Eric, OPEN for MS queries
@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!
23 MSWL
7 AskAgent
19 Tips

#QueryTip: if you have a website, make sure it works. If you have social media accounts, make sure they are active.

There’s no point mentioning them in your query if they are not working/active/updated.

Eric, OPEN for MS queries
@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!
23 MSWL
7 AskAgent
19 Tips

Here are some #querystats:
πŸ‘‰ We got 300+ submissions in 2021.

πŸ‘‰ Sent offers to 5 authors, signed up with 4 of them. (3 in Feb, 1 in October).

Tips: Don’t take rejections so personally. Don’t call us gatekeepers. Write a query letter. Follow guidelines. Be patient. Good luck!

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

If you want to query us *please* read the guidelines on thehelenhelleragency.com!
We need to see the first 3 chapters. A synopsis alone won’t help at all. #querytip

Janet Reid
@Janet_Reid
Literary Agent
By day I'm a literary agent in NYC. By night I'm the QueryShark. My favorite color is fuchsia. I love maps, vivid words, and twisty plot lines.
1 MSWL
31 Tips

I don't know why query letter writers apologize for not being published previously.

Fully 1/3 of my clients had ZERO pub credits when I signed them, and then sold their books.

#querytip

Kaitlyn Katsoupis - closed to queries
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
276 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
371 Tips

To those who queried me yesterday and today...

Yes I am going through the box tonight because I'm now at 180 and anxiety is real. This is just me wanting to maintain the box and get answers out sooner rather than later so you aren't waiting for months
#querytip #amquerying

Kaitlyn Katsoupis - closed to queries
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryManager.com/1147
276 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
371 Tips

Ok, final stat:

opened to queries at 10:10AM

It is now 10:10PM

I received 113 queries today.
#amquerying #amagenting #querytip #writingcommunity

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent:@Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
145 MSWL
164 AskAgent
11 Queries
109 Tips

Query box trend: Using more than 1 genre to identify your work--While yes, a book can have more than one it can't sit on all the shelves simultaneously so you need to decide where it would fit best. And vague "teens and adults will love this" isn't a genre either. πŸ˜‰
#QueryTip

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
52 MSWL
8 Tips

Bibi Lewis @Bibi_Lewis

And my forever #1 piece of query advice is FOLLOW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR GOODNESS SAKE. #amquerying

Yes to everything Bibi says in this thread! But in particular, look at submission guidelines ON THE AGENCY WEBSITE, because someone's blog post or listicle on an agent's wishlist/guidelines may be out of date (or just wrong) #querytip

Heather Cashman
@HeatherCashman
Literary Agent
all things wordy generally nerdy literary agent, agent mentor @StormLiterary motorcycling | kayaking | writing
52 MSWL
28 AskAgent
19 Tips

Melissa Edwards @MelissaLaurenE

I literally just got to the end of a query that sounded interesting (was considering a request) and the P.S. is the author insulting literary agents... why would a person do that

Just gave a workshop on many similar situations...

You professionals who understand that publishing is a business---we appreciate you!

And some of the answers to this thread trying to justify this behavior...another red flag.

#amquerying #querytip #pubtip #writingcommunity

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ ✍️ faculty at @MSWLMA πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί recovering PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜
149 MSWL
12 Queries
65 Tips

Accolades and accomplishments relevant to publishing DO strengthen a query. If you have some, include them! If you don't, consider working on short stories and articles before and while you're querying, so that you have some bylines to share and show off! #QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ ✍️ faculty at @MSWLMA πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί recovering PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜
149 MSWL
12 Queries
65 Tips

#QueryTip: something I often see in our slush pile is, "I have been told that my MS is too long for a debut novel, BUT..." - followed by a MS that is categorically too long. What this translates into for me? "I cannot work with constructive editorial feedback." 🚩🚩🚩

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ ✍️ faculty at @MSWLMA πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί recovering PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜
149 MSWL
12 Queries
65 Tips

#QueryTip:
Do not say: "I am known for...", "People tell me...", etc.
DO say: "(Reputable source) had this to say about my book: (quote)," "You can read a review of my work here (include source)."
#WritingCommunity

Heather Cashman
@HeatherCashman
Literary Agent
all things wordy generally nerdy literary agent, agent mentor @StormLiterary motorcycling | kayaking | writing
52 MSWL
28 AskAgent
19 Tips

#QueryTip If you're tempted to ignore submission guidelines, you're probably not a good fit for an agent's list.

Because fitting into an agent's list includes being professional.

Alec Shane
@alecdshane
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com
99 MSWL
1 AskAgent
335 Queries
121 Tips

#querytip There is absolutely zero reason to write "Dear Agent" when sending a query. It's lazy and unprofessional.

Not only are agents' names and interests widely available online, but agents' email addresses are often literally their name @ their agency dot com.

Kim
@kim_lindman
Literary Agent
associate literary agent + social media @StonesongNYC this account's for lurkin' and workin' opinions mine ⛏
52 MSWL
8 Tips
Lauren is CLOSED to queries
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job. She/Her.
568 MSWL
98 AskAgent
2 Queries
91 Tips

Also, supporting one another should have *nothing* to do with how much publishers paid for your books, or whether you're a lead title, or who your publisher is. #pubtip

Lauren is CLOSED to queries
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job. She/Her.
568 MSWL
98 AskAgent
2 Queries
91 Tips

As a debut writer, one of the best things you can do is to get to know (and support!) your fellow debuts. You're in this together. #pubtip

McCorkle_Editor πŸ¦‰
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres for adults only! Love is love. cityowlpress.com enigmaticeditor.bl
95 MSWL
77 Tips

#PubTip for authors: Supporting your fellow authors by retweeting is wonderful, vital. But, don't forget to interact as well. And tweeting for your #readers is equally as important.

Adria Goetz
@adriamgoetz
Literary Agent
A bit of a bookworm. Literary Agent + Fairy Godmother at P.S. Literary. ✨ MSWL: adriagoetz.com.
137 MSWL
20 Queries
12 Tips

I LOVE when author/illustrators list a few of their influences in their query. It contextualizes your work! If you mention Eric Carle + Oge Mora, I imagine vibrant collage. If you say Sir Quentin Blake + Peter Reynolds, I imagine loose, playful sketches and watercolor.

#QueryTip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
πŸ“š lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency πŸ“– planning @TheFOLD_ ✍️ faculty at @MSWLMA πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί recovering PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜
149 MSWL
12 Queries
65 Tips

#QueryTip: If you provide a website or author page link in your query, make sure it works, and that the page is up to date!