Seeing a notable uptick in queries categorized as “new adult”, so this is a reminder that New Adult is not currently a thing in traditional publishing, and many agents may be auto-rejecting your queries based on this category listing in your query #querytip
Britt Siess @BrittSiessI'm starting to get through the queries that came in while I was on vacation, and I'm noticing a trend where writers say their book "is intended for X audience but could also appeal to this completely other audience" (Adult then MG) or is a "Thriller but also a Fantasy" #querytip
When I read this, it just signals to me that you don't really know where your book belongs (on the shelf). If it's a YA thriller, throw all of your pitching weight behind that! No book is for every audience! Trying to appeal to every market weakens your pitch. #querytip
I’m not the right agent for marriage plots, whether it’s YA or adult. Even in fantasy/royal situations—it’s just not my thing.
But please for the love of all the gods don’t take this as not wanting love stories ROMANTIC SUBPLOTS ARE MY JAM I WANT THEM ALL TO KISS
I want to expand a touch on what I said in my previous Tweet about "predictability" in SFF. There are certain elements that have been done in a similar pattern so many times in SFF that it's pretty easy for me to guess what will happen next. #amquerying #amwriting #querytip But..
Writers, be conscious of font in your query. You want it to be easy for agents to read! You will NEVER ever ever go wrong with 12 pt Times New Roman. No need to try to stand out this way - let your writing shine on its own! #querytip #amwriting #amquerying
I always feel grateful when an author pastes their query letter into their ms doc, especially for a requested full. Makes it easy to get quickly orientated within my e-reader on reading days, & gives me a mental map of what beats I'm looking for in the story. #querytip
Susan, A Ghost @GrahamophonesIf you send me a query with no text in the body of the email and just says "query" in the subject line with an attached document, I am going to delete it. 1) the barest minimum of professionalism. 2) how am I going to believe you're a writer if you can't write an email? 3) Virus.
Some advice to creators: if you are not a client, please do not follow up every few days - every couple weeks is fine to too soon. #subtip #querytip
Clients comes first & many agents have second jobs. I know you're anxious, but be kind to us please. Most of us are always dying.
Sharon Pelletier @sharongracepjsSpent a lot of time yesterday dealing with my query backlog so here's a few #querytips to help you really stand out from the crowd
Struggles I'm seeing recently:
-Missing sample pages or a random number thereof despite clear guidelines on our website (you have no business querying an agent whose website you haven't visited)
-Word counts that are absolutely wild for your category
Try to stay away from over exaggerations and use adverbs ending in -ly sparingly. It doesn't help to get your point across, and let's be honest, which is stronger:
"She's extremely angry and goes to hunt them down."
"She hunts them down, anger raging inside her."