Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Jan 24

WORD COUNT. There are so many resources out there for writers that offer guidance on appropriate ranges for debut authors in different genres. One response I see a lot is x publisher printed a 400K work, so why can't I? That is the EXCEPTION. (cont.) #querytip 3a/10

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Jan 24

Number one thing is know your genre & also know what genres I REPRESENT. Your literary fiction has elements of romance, that's great, still not a good fit for me as I do not represent literary fiction. Don't try to pretend your work is something other than it is. #querytip 2/10

Eva Scalzo 🇵🇷 @evascalzo · Jan 24

Just realized that February 1st is in ONE WEEK and I'm re-opening to queries. I wanted to do a quick #querytip thread to avoid seeing some common mistakes/pet peeves/problems in the queries I get. #amagenting 1/10

paige wheeler @pwheeler_agent · Jan 24

#QueryTip

Even though agents want you to include a summary of your manuscript’s plot in your query letter, it is important to keep it to a minimum. Less is often more as it proves that you make every word count.

A.M. Rose @annmrose · Jan 24

A reminder writers that you are so brave. Putting your work out there to be evaluated and criticized by others isn't easy. It take so much courage. You should be proud of yourselves.
#querytip #WritingCommunity

Marie Lamba @marielamba · Jan 24

Heads up to writers - I've shifted the way I accept queries, and I'm now only accepting queries through QueryManager. Please query me by clicking on this link: QueryMe.Online/1710 #literaryagent #querytip #pubtip @JDLitAgency

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Jan 24

A good agent will not encourage your reptile instincts to white-knuckle onto any one lead. See yesterday's tweet thread on completion bias: one of our primary value adds is to push back against our clients' irrational bird-in-handism.

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Jan 24

Ninety-nine percent of the time--99%!--that "hey, book? I want to do a book with you!" email does NOT result in a book deal. The most typical outcome is that it devolves into a moving-goalposts situation where an offer doesn't materialize. (It does materialize sometimes! Rarely)

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Jan 24

It SHOULD NOT signal: that this is the right opportunity for you. That you need to pounce on it this instant, or your opportunity to be an author will go away. That the editor's idea is one that you have to adopt.

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Jan 24

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul

Ooh I have a stray 5 min for a quick #pubtip smoke break.

::drags cigarette of cynicism:: If you're an author and an editor from a big 5 publishing house contacts you asking if there's a book in the works, congratulations! Here's what that should and shouldn't signal for you.

It SHOULD signal: 1. you're qualified to write a book; it's time to get over your imposter syndrome. 2. you're getting yourself out there well! Good work! and 3. If you don't have an agent, this is one of the best possible times to shop competitively and get one from the top tier

A.M. Rose @annmrose · Jan 24

Read a query this morning that was intriguing, and I was excited to look at the pages, but they didn't include any or a synopsis - Reject.

Writers, follow submission guidelines, please.

#Querytip

Hope Bolinger - PRE-ORDER DEN! @HopeBolinger · Jan 24

#querytip

Don't tell us if you just finished a manuscript. That sounds to us like you haven't edited it.

#amquerying #WritingCommunity

Kat Kerr @thekatsmews · Jan 24

"Prepare for the worst but hope for the best"...but then what plan do we have if the best happens? Always be ready to go. An agent wants a phone call? Make sure to have several other book ideas on hand so that they know you are more than just your one book. #querytip

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 24

#querytip If your query blurb is overly long, it will seem that your book doesn't have a clear focus/or you don't have a clear idea of how to market it. If your query blurb is too short or focuses only on character, then it can appear that the story, itself, is weak.

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Jan 24

#querytip Taking time to craft your query blurb is important. Agents base their decision both on what your book is about AND your ability to describe it. We want to see that you a) know the hook of your book b) can show there's a clear plot line and c) use your words wisely.

Kaitlyn Johnson @RedPenKaitlyn · Jan 23

Same for voice, especially in MG. The lower the count, the more likely it's for a younger reader and has a lighter tone or subject. I often prefer upper MG to be no lower than 35k. #amagenting #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson @RedPenKaitlyn · Jan 23

Certain genres tend to skew higher in word count. Sci Fi and Fantasy for YA or Adult should really not be lower than 85k, and that's still a bit low. I'd shoot for 95k as a sweet spot. #amagenting #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson @RedPenKaitlyn · Jan 23

Here are some basic counts to keep in mind. Remember, these are averages, so some outliers do exist.

MG - 20,000 - 65,000
YA - 65,000 - 110,000 (I have seen a bit lower, but no lower than 55,000)
Adult - 65,000 - 120/130,000

#amagenting #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson @RedPenKaitlyn · Jan 23

Having an Adult Fantasy higher than 130k? For a debut, that's hard to sell. For someone with a long list of proven titles? Maybe less difficult. Same with YA over 110k #amagenting #querytip (2/?)