#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!
📚Sim Carter at Chapter1-Take1 🎞 @simcarter@BErixson @BookEndsJessica I applaud your focus! I knew how I wanted my book to begin and end but the rest was a blur until I wrote it. I’ve just rewritten my query letter for what feels like the hundredth time, based on input from @ekbuege Hoping the 100th time is the charm!
Don't be afraid to let the query letter force you back to the manuscript. Can you write a stronger query that might actually change the path of the manuscript? Take a look. #querytip
Anne Tibbets ::CLOSED TO QUERIES:: @AnneTibbetsSAMPLES OF A QUERY PITCH PARAGRAPH
#amquerying #amwriting #writingcommunity
These are so good. You should practice writing a few pitch paragraphs about favorite books before doing yours. #pubtip
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
#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!
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