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 Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
274 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
362 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 Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
274 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
362 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 of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
112 MSWL
106 AskAgent
11 Queries
87 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 ⛏
48 MSWL
6 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guidelines ON THE AGENCY WEBSITE, because someone's blog post or listicle on an agent's wishlist/guidelines may be out of date (or just wrong) #querytip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
47 MSWL
4 AskAgent
17 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_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 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_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 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_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 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
47 MSWL
4 AskAgent
17 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
118 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 ⛏
48 MSWL
6 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.
544 MSWL
85 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.
544 MSWL
85 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 Martin Literary. ✨ MSWL: adriagoetz.com. (I'm only here on Tuesdays.)
131 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_ πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad πŸ“˜ Closed to queries until 2022! πŸ“£
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 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!

BookEnds Literary
@bookendslit
Literary Agency
A literary agency repping bestselling, award-winning, & int'l published authors and illustrators for children & adults. Empowering creators to achieve dreams.
43 MSWL
53 AskAgent
127 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
112 MSWL
106 AskAgent
11 Queries
87 Tips

Bonus #QueryTip β€” if asked for a synopsis in the submission package that isn’t the query. It’s a separate doc that tells the beginning, middle, and end of a book, complete with character arc. Repeating the query is NOT a synopsis, and spoilers are expected in a synopsis

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
112 MSWL
106 AskAgent
11 Queries
87 Tips

#QueryTip: if you are going to pitch your book as a romance then it MUST end with a HEA (happily ever after) or a HFN (happily for now) if it doesn’t, it’s NOT a romance
#amquerying #Writers #WritingCommunity