Caitlin McDonald @literallycait · Feb 6

#querytip: A cool pitch only works if it's accurate! Be careful not to set false expectations of what your book is about. For ex: don't pitch your query as a battle of wits against a murderer if it's actually a romance with a man falsely accused--those are very different books!

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Feb 5

Some really smart advice for writers looking to break into traditional publishing by @LaniForbes mindymcginnis.com/blog/lani-forb… #writingadvice #querytip

Kate McKean @kate_mckean · Feb 5

I don't know who needs to hear this but I wrote a lot about query letters last year and you can start here:

katemckean.substack.com/p/a-query-lett…

#query #literaryagents #amquerying #pubtip

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · Feb 3

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix

#querytip #writingcommunity
Please make sure your query matches the genre selected. If it says adult fantasy but is YA fantasy, that will get a rejection. Agents DO notice.

OH adding to this #querytip - if it is a fantasy, it is not "Contemporary YA." Ghosts, elves, aliens, etc... all fantasy. If you don't see YA Fantasy as an available genre, please don't just select any YA genre.

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · Feb 3

#querytip #WritingCommunity Don't be afraid to let your excitement show in your query. It is our first introduction to you and your book, and telling us what's great about it (or why you felt strongly that you were the right author for it) sets the mood a little.

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · Feb 3

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Your query is a sample of how it will be for agents to work with you. Remember to be professional, polished, enthusiastic, and provide all requested information. Skipping required parts of a query form doesn't inspire confidence.

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · Feb 3

#querytip #writingcommunity
Please make sure your query matches the genre selected. If it says adult fantasy but is YA fantasy, that will get a rejection. Agents DO notice.

Heather Carr @heatherannecarr · Feb 3

I hate that I have to say this again but...#querytip please don't send agents you've queried expensive gifts!!! It scares us and makes us feel awkward!!!!!!!

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

Once you agree on the main points, commit it in writing so both parties are clear about what to expect. Include termination terms in case the collaboration doesn't work out (future thread). #pubtip

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

3) Cash: how you split income. The author can guarantee the writer a set fee no matter how much (or little) money the book makes. The parties can split the advance and/or royalties. Decide if there's a cap to the writer's earnings. I've seen many variations.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

If it's truly a 50-50 collaboration, the copyright can be in both names. Keep in mind, both parties will need to agree on any decision, which gets tricky if the book has a long life since 2 separate sets of heirs may need to agree in the future.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

2) Copyright: Regardless of the credit, who owns the material? Often the writer is a "work for hire" & the copyright is in the author's name only. This is the person making decisions about what happens to the property (foreign rights, tv/film).

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

1) Credit: the name(s) on the cover of the book. If it's ghost writing, only the author's name is credited. If a co-writer will get credit, decide on the order & how the names are to be separated. E.g."and" or "with." Let your publisher know the credit line.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

If you're thinking of working with someone to help write your book, agree on the terms BEFORE you get a publishing deal. Can't stress this enough. Here are the main deal points, what I call the 3 Cs of Collaboration.

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · Feb 3

#Querytip When doing personalization, make sure you are referencing things that we want you to find on our profiles or social media, and not things from our personal lives/past that have nothing to do with our jobs. Boundaries people!

Maureen Moretti @maureen_moretti · Feb 1

It's that time again! January 2020 #querystats. Somewhat of a short month as we reopened to queries on the 6th, but I still found some amazing gems in my inbox this month!
Total queries (addressed to me): 415
Total requests: 17
Total requested ms in the to-read queue: 79