A gentle reminder... to include your name in your query! You wouldn't believe how many people forget this 🤦♀️ In a business where it's frankly impossible to personalize every response to a query, I at least aim to address all my queriers by name. Please include! #mswl
When querying, avoid mentioning other manuscripts sitting in your drawer, asking an agent or publisher to choose which one they want to read. Send only the best and strongest manuscript you have. #querytip
Thrilled to announce our new podcast Pen to Print: Insider Tips with Creative Media Agency. We’ll have some exciting sneak peaks & a few opportunities to connect with our agents that you won’t want to miss! #iamwriting #publishing #books #writingcommunity #literaryagent #querytip
Sara Schonfeld @SaraSchonYes, agents sometimes send me redlined drafts and non-final versions, titled “USE THIS ONE” or numbered gibberish. It’s not going to make or break a submission, and agents can help, but it’s good to build strong habits for naming files for your own peace of mind!
#QueryTip When sending a full manuscript per an agent's request, name your file:
[TITLE], by [AUTHOR]_[MONTH] [YEAR]
...or some iteration with same info. (Make sure to include your title, author name, contact information, pitch + page numbers in the manuscript.)
I just finished reading all the Canadian queries we got this last round. Here are my #querystats for the final CANADIAN submission round:
~50+ submissions received.
~12+ emails asking for more info.
- 0 (zero) offers.
I’m looking forward to reading more subs from 🇨🇦 next year.
In order to catch up on remaining work, empty our inboxes, and start the New Year strong, CMA will not be considering any queries sent from 12/16/22 through 01/01/23. We'll see you on 01/02/23!
#QueryTip #QueryLetter #QueryTrenches #WritingCommunity
#querytip please follow all the instructions and read our auto replies! Many Agents’ submission guidelines aren’t just about our preferences, they’re about logistics. If you don’t follow the guidelines the material may not end up in the right place.
Who came up with this myth that you can only query one publisher/agent at a time? That’s not true. You can and should query with as many as you want! Your chances of getting picked are higher the more people you contact. #querytip
Jennifer March Soloway @marchsolowayMy best #QueryTip: If a project isn't getting traction, take a break, assess what might be confusing or flat, revise, then try again. Query new agents plus those you've tried before. Find the right fit.
I have clients who sent revisions after I initially passed. Revision is ✨ twitter.com/marchsoloway/s…
Jennifer March Soloway @marchsoloway#QueryTip When sending a revision, please mention it's a revision in the query letter. (I'll know you sent the project before, thanks to QM, but the reminder is helpful.) Start the new draft with a dynamic opening scene + declarative first line to hook the reader. #amrevising
My best #QueryTip: If a project isn't getting traction, take a break, assess what might be confusing or flat, revise, then try again. Query new agents plus those you've tried before. Find the right fit.
I have clients who sent revisions after I initially passed. Revision is ✨
If you're asked what your target audience is, "everyone" is not an acceptable answer. #querytip
Just remember your query is the place to give us a short plot summary, but you must ALSO include the STAKES of your story. If I'm curious about your "hook," but you don't tell me what's at stake for your characters, I don't have time to read 90,000 words+/- to find out. #querytip