McCorkle_Editor
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/ City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres, freelance editor. Love is love. enigmaticeditor.blogspot.com
70 MSWL
68 Tips

A question I often get: Do you consider previously self-published novels? We do, so long as they fit what we're looking for. #querytip

FlanneryLiteraryAssociate☃️❄️
@FlanneryLitera1
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent with Flannery Literary but you can call me Dan. PB/MG/YA Please follow submission guidelines. Thanks 🏳️‍🌈
15 MSWL
2 AskAgent
16 Tips

Query Tip: Never send one query email to multiple agents (more than one agent in the to/cc/bcc is a no-no). This states you didn't research any of the agents or put forth the necessary work to understand the query process. (1/2) #querytip #amquerying #WednesdayWisdom

Amelia Appel
@AmeliaLAppel
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @triadaus . Always learning. Love all things sports. When not reading, likely running. Or downing a dozen donuts in one sitting. She/Her
32 MSWL
26 Tips

Querying writers! Be sure to check your records when querying. I get so many of the exact same query that I’ve already responded to. Save yourself (and us! Agents are swamped!) time by keeping track of who you’re querying and what they say! #querytip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 literary agent: Westwood 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD (abd) 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them ♿️ My authors: #SpineSquad 📘 This account is announcements only! 📣
72 MSWL
30 Tips
Samantha Wekstein
@SWekstein
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @TL_Agency . She/Her, ENFJ, dog lover. Illustrators I rep: wekstein-illustrators.weebly.com. Pitch to submissions@thompsonliterary.com
118 MSWL
124 Queries
78 Tips

Replying to a rejection by pitching another project is not the way to go. #querytip

Elana Roth Parker
@ElanaRoth
Literary Agent
Kidlit agent w/ @LDLiterary , bourbon lover, challah baker, Trekkie for life, new quilter, stepmom, mom. Still not Elena. She/her.
90 MSWL
3 AskAgent
184 Tips

I am trying SO hard to catch up on queries today, but the queue is laughing at me. LAUGHING AT ME. #querytip #amagenting

Lauren Spieller
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Twitter Valkyrie | 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.
518 MSWL
51 AskAgent
2 Queries
79 Tips

Query Don’ts:

—insult other books
—say your book defies genre
—use negative self talk
—ignore guidelines

Query Do’s:

—Give us the hook/high concept pitch
—Show your summary to someone who hasn’t read the book
—send it to agents individually
—write another book!

#querytip

Lynn Jones Johnston
@lynnjohnstonlit
Literary Agent
Literary agent repping journalists, thought leaders, fire breathers, truth tellers, healers, teachers & more. She/Her
23 MSWL
76 Tips

Michelle Tessler @tessleragency

Best Sellers Sell the Best Because They’re Best Sellers nytimes.com/2020/09/19/boo…

When clients ask how to get their book into Target, Walmart & Costco, my answer is to make it a bestseller. Books at these outlets are managed like other inventory like electronics & toys, requiring steady demand. #pubtip

Lynn Jones Johnston
@lynnjohnstonlit
Literary Agent
Literary agent repping journalists, thought leaders, fire breathers, truth tellers, healers, teachers & more. She/Her
23 MSWL
76 Tips

Lynn Jones Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit

When I get a query, after the topic the next thing I scan for is credentials. With NF, the person is as important because books aren't fact-checked like magazine & newspaper articles. Publishers must trust the author. Degrees, awards, jobs count.

I realize this can be unfair to those who don't have the same access. If you don't, show your lived experience. Get endorsements from experts on the topic. Get published by outlets known for rigor. Prove you can be trusted to tell the story. #pubtip

Hope Bolinger
@HopeBolinger
Literary Agent
Lit. agent, author, Dear Henchman (April 2021), Vision (August 2021) Picture Imperfect (October 2021)
2 MSWL
13 AskAgent
57 Tips

#querytip

The THIS X THIS formula can apply to popular movies or TV shows. I have seen STRANGER THINGS X (title of book) be successful

Comps. aren't always books (but do make sure to have 3-5 book comps)

#WritingCommunity

Tara Gilbert ✨ closed to queries
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @jdlitagency | 🌈she/they | ✨Magical | Gemini/Cancer ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
218 MSWL
33 AskAgent
25 Tips
Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

Writers, please note, word count estimates change every couple years depending on market. PLEASE only trust sources that were posted within the last 3 years when deciding on your novel's word count ❤️ #querytip #amquerying

Shannon Snow
@ssnow_lit_agent
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at CMA, Inc. Bring #romancenovels #ya #historical #suspensenovels #psychologicalthrillers #spacestories #dystopians , #poc and more! Love it all!
8 MSWL
1 Tips

#querytip #amquerying #writerscommunity #writers
When you’re querying an agent, use their name. Otherwise it’s:

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

Subject Line: “What more do you need to know to merit publishing my book?!” 😐
Gentlemen, please do better. I know you can. #querytip #commonpolitenesstip

FlanneryLiteraryAssociate☃️❄️
@FlanneryLitera1
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent with Flannery Literary but you can call me Dan. PB/MG/YA Please follow submission guidelines. Thanks 🏳️‍🌈
15 MSWL
2 AskAgent
16 Tips

Query Tip: Don't query an idea, 1st draft, 1/2 a draft, etc. Only query when your MS is complete and the best you can make it.

#querytip #amquerying #WednesdayWisdom #writers

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @belcastr Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
243 MSWL
336 AskAgent
55 Queries
344 Tips

Tried to see as much of #LatinxPitch as possible today! I'm not open to queries unless I specifically asked for them, but please keep an eye out for my new MSWL in the coming weeks! Hoping to reopen to all queries by November! #querytip #amquerying

McCorkle_Editor
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/ City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres, freelance editor. Love is love. enigmaticeditor.blogspot.com
70 MSWL
68 Tips

Sad as sending out passes is (because I've been on the other side of that fence), it makes it that much sweeter when I get to send out an offer. #publishing #pubtip

McCorkle_Editor
@McCorkle_Editor
Editor
AQ editor w/ City Owl, Editorial Director of Mystic Owl, romance in: SF/F genres, freelance editor. Love is love. enigmaticeditor.blogspot.com
70 MSWL
68 Tips

More often than not I have to send out passes (I prefer that word to rejection, because I like to think I'm passing the novel on the editor who is right for it), because I have only so many openings. #publishing #pubtip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 literary agent: Westwood 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD (abd) 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them ♿️ My authors: #SpineSquad 📘 This account is announcements only! 📣
72 MSWL
30 Tips

#QueryTip? #WritingTip? #EditingTip? Personal preference? Either way: never use two adjectives when one specific adjective would do the job. Pick one.

Hope Bolinger
@HopeBolinger
Literary Agent
Lit. agent, author, Dear Henchman (April 2021), Vision (August 2021) Picture Imperfect (October 2021)
2 MSWL
13 AskAgent
57 Tips

#querytip

Keep spreadsheets of submissions, and keep track of when you sent it. It's totally fine to follow up after a waiting period.

Spreadsheets are your best friend
#WritingCommunity