Jennie Goloboy @JennieGoloboy · Feb 11

I am sorry to say this, but if you are looking for an agent on your self-published novel because your sales are terrible, the odds of an agent taking it on are very small. #querytip

Bibi Lewis @Bibi_Lewis · Feb 11

See also: "my book is like nothing else ever written" will not entice me, it will make me very wary #querytip

Bibi Lewis @Bibi_Lewis · Feb 11

Only comping yourself to mega-bestsellers doesn't mean I will stop reading your query, but it will raise my eyebrows to the fact that you might not know the genre well enough to write effectively in it #querytip

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · Feb 11

when querying a complex novel (complicated plot; intricate world-building), work to ensure that your query doesn't get lost in the weeds & alienate the reader -- ideally, you should be able to boil that complexity down to a succinct and compelling paragraph. #querytip

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Feb 11

Kate McKean @kate_mckean

What does it mean when an editor or agent says ~I just didn't fall in love with it~~ in a rejection?…

#amwriting #amquerying #literaryagent #WritingCommunity

Writers, this is a really great explanation of the "I just didn't fall in love" pass on submissions. A "no" doesn't mean you did something wrong or your book is bad... it just means it wasn't exactly right for that particular agent or editor. #querytip

A.M. Rose @annmrose · Feb 11

This is why you don't use non-standard fonts in your MS. There's no way to read this.
(Double space, 12 pt, Times New Roman is your friend)
#querytip #SlushInsight

Susan, A Graham @Grahamophones · Feb 10

Loves, I love you, but please don't ask me to teach you how to write a type of book in submissions. you can google that, and I am not your agent yet. If an agent gives you advice, use it. Please don't expect it. #subtip #querytip

Jennie Goloboy @JennieGoloboy · Feb 10

I'm getting a ton of Beauty and the Beast retellings right now, FYI. Was it the live-action movie? #querytip

Susan, A Graham @Grahamophones · Feb 10

Heyo, #subtip #querytip - maybe don't put in your submission you chose an agent to query at that agency bc that agent is interested in original & different stories. That... implies the other agents at the company (me, the kid in submissions lol) likes... derivative, same stories?

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Feb 10

Continuing my Instagram series of most common revision notes I give clients with women’s fiction today. #pubtip #writingtip…

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · Feb 10

I am constantly surprised that prospective authors will cold call an agent rather than check their website first to see if the match is a good one for their work, and what the submission requirements are. Taking that extra step can make all the difference. #pubtip

Joelle Delbourgo @JLDelbourgo · Feb 9

So many query letters from prospective writers are rambling or unclear. Often, titles are mystifying. This is a sure road to rejection. Before submitting to a lit agent, take care to craft the best possible letter to showcase your smarts and talent. #pubtip

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Feb 8

Come follow me on Instagram. Over the next several days I’m sharing the top revision notes I give clients, broken down by genre. These are common pitfalls every writer should keep in mind. #querytip #writingtip #pubtip #amagenting…

Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllor · Feb 7

#amquerying #querytip As annoying as it is to get a form rejection, you want your future agent to use their time wisely, advancing your career—not wasting hours personalizing rejections.

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Feb 7

Eternal #pubtip: if you're an author publishing a book, you need a therapist. I wish I were being funny here. You need one, unless--bless you--you are Earth's most even-keeled Mr. Peanutbutter of a person. Most are expensive, yes. Look into sliding-scale clinics/Talkspace.

Hope Bolinger - PRE-ORDER DEN! @HopeBolinger · Feb 7


I know I've said this, but I will say this again:

Please don't pitch agents on social media or LinkedIn. It especially leaves a bad taste in our mouth if we connect and you immediately pitch us. It makes us feel a little used.


Tara is open to queries 🌈🦄 @Literary_Tara · Feb 6

I just want to remind writers that your agent SHOULD NOT be charging you for services. That's a big red flag.

I happily help my authors with anything they need and I only get paid AFTER they get paid for their book.
#amquerying #querytip #askagent #amagenting #writingcommunity