Amy Stapp
@AmyStappNY
Literary Agent
Obsessed with books, travel, and all things French; aspiring turophile and lover of champagne. Agent with @WolfsonLiterary IG: amystappny
27 MSWL
9 Tips

PSA: Dears, You don't need to tell me your protagonist's first and last name in the very first paragraph. You have no idea how many submissions start like that. #writetip #querytip #WritingCommunity

Samantha Wekstein
@SWekstein
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @TL_Agency . She/Her, Terp🐢, ENFJ, dog lover. Illustrators: wekstein-illustrators.weebly.com. Pitch to QueryManager.com/SamanthaWekste…
128 MSWL
124 Queries
85 Tips

A query letter shouldn't tell me things I already know, like that you're seeking representation (I know, lol), or quote lines from my wishlist. Instead, tell me what's intriguing about your project. Show your enthusiasm. Explain what will resonate with readers and me. #querytip

Lynn Jones Johnston
@lynnjohnstonlit
Literary Agent
#LiteraryAgent repping journalists, thought leaders, fire breathers, truth tellers, healers, teachers & more. She/Her
24 MSWL
104 Tips
emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Closed to queries until 2022! 📣
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

...and that's all I have time for today! I hope that this insight is helpful to some of you as you prepare your queries for 2022! #QueryTip - a lot of folks are SWAMPED from now until the end of the year - hold off on sending your new queries until January!!

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

Effusive praise in a query just sets my teeth on edge. Actually almost any praise in a query sets my teeth on edge.

A query is not about me.
It's about your book.

Tell me about the book; not how fabu I am (I already know that)
#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
Eric, Book Publisher
@eric5310pub
Editor
Publisher at @5310publishing spreading happiness every day through books. I'm changing the world, one fiction book at a time! ☺️ Tag me if you have book recs!
14 MSWL
8 Tips

I know everyone is excited about nanowrimo and stuff, but it’s really not a good time to query with any agent. It’s the end of the year, most agents are triple busy and don’t have time to read any submissions. #querytip

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 checking in constantly on the status of your submission is a great way to get an agent to respond to you faster, as they'll go right to your query, reject it, and move along with their day

beth phelan
@beth_phelan
Literary Agent
she/her. mg & ya literary agent. founder of 501c3 NPO @_DiverseVoices (#DVpit/#DVart, DVcon & more). submissions: bethphelan.com/submissions
113 MSWL
125 AskAgent
27 Tips

Steven Hutson @wordwiselit

Don't be defensive and suspicious toward agents and publishers. It's a waste of energy and emotion. Instead, learn what a good deal looks like, and you'll know when the good isn't there. #pubtip

Be defensive and suspicious toward agents that discourage you from protecting yourself, your work, your dreams, and your career. Educating yourself on what’s “good” applies to vetting your advocates and publisher. #pubtip

McCorkle_Editor 🦉
@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

#AboutEditor: Present tense just isn't my jam. If you submit a ms written in present tense to me, your chances of an offer are about 5%. Some of my other editors love it, though, so don't despair! #MysticOwlBooks #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

I'm not here to bash those wanting to be agents. But I am here to say this is why we MUST have internships, apprenticeships, true mentorships, etc. We should also have BEEN an agent elsewhere before opening our own solo practice
(4/4)
#amquerying #querytip #writingcommunity

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

W/o this level of mentorship, the initial clients will no doubt suffer through bad contract negotiations and more due to the agent needing to "learn as they go" rather than having that background BEFORE accepting their own clients
(3/?)
#amquerying #querytip #writingcommunity

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
Lisa Green Editor
@LisaGreenEdito2
Editor
Associate Editor for the Mystic Owl line & City Owl Press. Currently closed to cold queries.
63 MSWL
8 Tips

Who's doing Nano? Remember, don't send your manuscript out immediately afterwards! Be sure to let it sit for a bit and revise before you #query. #querytip #querytrenches #amquerying #asktheeditor

Theresa Cole
@TheresaMCole
Editor
Acquiring Editor for 🦉 @CityOwlPress and #MysticOwlBooks . 🦉 INFJ Addicted to 🌞sunshine, ☕️coffee, 🏍motorcycle riding, and ⛺camping.
25 MSWL
1 Tips

#pubtip for the #writingcommunity before #amquerying

If your book is more than 130k words, odds of someone picking it up drop exponentially. That's a huge commitment, for both editors and readers. Take a closer look and see if it can be broken into two books instead of one.

Tamela HancockMurray
@Tamela_Murray
Literary Agent
Christian wife, mother. Agent at The Steve Laube Agency. I love God, family, life. ACFW Agent of the Year for 2017, finalist for 2019. Member ACFW, AWSA.
26 Tips
emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Closed to queries until 2022! 📣
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips
Eric, Book Publisher
@eric5310pub
Editor
Publisher at @5310publishing spreading happiness every day through books. I'm changing the world, one fiction book at a time! ☺️ Tag me if you have book recs!
14 MSWL
8 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, Book Publisher
@eric5310pub
Editor
Publisher at @5310publishing spreading happiness every day through books. I'm changing the world, one fiction book at a time! ☺️ Tag me if you have book recs!
14 MSWL
8 Tips

Here are some #querystats:
👉 We got 300+ submissions in 2021.

👉 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.
32 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