Lynn Jones Johnston
@lynnjohnstonlit
Literary Agent
#LiteraryAgent repping journalists, thought leaders, fire breathers, truth tellers, healers, teachers & more. She/Her
25 MSWL
116 Tips
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
148 MSWL
227 AskAgent
11 Queries
112 Tips

#QueryTip - Make sure you follow submission guidelines. We ask for synopsis, and for me, I always read them before I request pages. So if your submission doesn't have one, guess what? It's more times than not a pass. So do yourself a favor and send ALL requested material

Colleen Oefelein
@eerie_o
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, Adventure Write Working alongside MacGregor & Luedeke Lit Christian Disabled Veteran PTSD warrior Also Author CM McCoy: EERIE
17 MSWL
2 AskAgent
14 Tips

#WritingCommunity
Did you use a filtering verb in your opening (see, hear, feel, watch, smell)?
Eliminate it & bring your POV closer:

#querytip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ ✍️ faculty at @MSWLMA 🐕‍🦺 recovering PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘
151 MSWL
12 Queries
68 Tips

Spoiler alert: if I request a full manuscript from you, I'm going to send you an immediate follow up asking for your goals and what you're looking for in an agent. You should REALLY know the answers to these questions before you start querying! #QueryTip #WritingCommunity

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ ✍️ faculty at @MSWLMA 🐕‍🦺 recovering PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘
151 MSWL
12 Queries
68 Tips

#WritingCommunity, the average length of time from acquisition of a book to pub is 18 months. Most agents take a few months to consider queries. If your concept is time-sensitive, you need to bear in mind that trad pub is a 2 year+ process for a new author. #QueryTip

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

Annemarie DeClark @AuthorDeClark

@JNRlitauthor My first two books were published by an indie press that is no longer publishing. I'm currently trying to decide whether to go with another indie press or find an agent instead. I don't know what to do.
Replying to @AuthorDeClark

I’m sorry that happened to you! This is just my opinion, but it can be hard for agents to sell work that was previously published to a larger house even if you own the rights back. If you want an agent,query with a new project first and then talk about those books #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

Annemarie DeClark @AuthorDeClark

@JNRlitauthor If a writer gets a publishing offer from an independent press but would rather work with an agent, should the writer inform the agents who currently have the full manuscript of this or...
Replying to @AuthorDeClark

Great question! Yes you would definitely want to inform all agents that you received a publishing offer from an indie press. Most agents want to work with an author throughout their career so may ask to see other work as well, but…

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

But believe me that queries get read and thoroughly considered. And although I would love to give personal feedback on each query, the amount of queries that come in along with regular work/life responsibilities makes it impossible. #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

Then you’re good to go and the waiting begins. I am so sorry for the wait too! I know it’s awful and to those who queried me and waited months and months for a response I apologize. #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

In the first pages, be sure your story is starting in the right place and the setup to stakes is clear #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

Then, according to sub guidelines, you should submit the supporting material. Usually the first 10 pages but it could be more or less depending on the agent. #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

Queries should be a page in length containing that info as well as an author bio with social media handles if any #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

When I’m going through queries, I’m looking for genre, word count, voice, plot/stakes, fit in the marketplace #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

And no comps is better than mentioning comps that wouldn’t do your book justice. #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

When using comp titles it should be from work that was published within the last few years. But remember, it’s also okay to comp movies or TV shows #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

A lot of agencies use QueryManager and not email so be sure to always follow guidelines and only submit material that is requested. #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips
Replying to @JNRlitauthor

Reason 2 the writer puts down other writers or agents in general #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

Jessica Reino @JNRlitauthor

@AuthorDeClark Great question! A few misspellings happen so I would never stop reading a query because of that. :) #TheWritersZen but here are a few reasons I may stop reading…
Replying to @JNRlitauthor

Reason 1 the query letter is written from the point of view of the character. Query letters are business letters & oftentimes the first intro a writer has to the agent and I want to get an overview of the work from the writer’s POV not the character #TheWritersZen

Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips
Jessica Reino
@JNRlitauthor
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @MetamorphLitAg ; Author; host of #TheWritersZen chat; #FoodAllergy & #InvisibleIllness advocate; She/Her; Opinions my own
15 MSWL
12 AskAgent
50 Tips

When you’re preparing to submit your work, be sure to go to the agency’s website for the most current information for submission guidelines. #TheWritersZen