Amelia Appel @AmeliaLAppel · 1d

Normalize not opening your manuscript with the protagonist waking up 🙏 #querytip

Kaitlyn Johnson @RedPenKaitlyn · 1d

If you get an offer, giving an agent a week to read the full is not enough. I need at least 2 to rearrange my schedule to seriously consider your manuscript.

If an agent pressures you into less than 2 weeks... maybe take a closer look at that agent #amquerying #querytip

Cortney Radocaj 🏳️‍🌈💖💜💙 @CortneyRadocaj · 1d

#querytip reminder that the following are NOT good fits for me in contemporary/thriller/suspense:

-crime fiction
-detective/police procedural
-military fiction

greyhausagency @greyhausagency · 4d

"PUBTIP If you are following #MSWL it is always a recommendation to not start submitting UNTIL you have gone to the agents' websites and read the specifics. We send these out a broad general guidelines.

Hope Bolinger - PRE-ORDER DEN! @HopeBolinger · 5d


To the authors who tell me "Thank you for your consideration." or "Thank you for your time." after I reject them

Thank you! Professionalism is huge! There have been many of you who I have referred to other agents or given a recommendation b/c of this

Heather Carr @heatherannecarr · 6d

A #querytip: many agents I know (myself included) prefer not to receive queries via LinkedIn. Not meant to put anyone on blast, but it's a social network I rarely check and often results in people reaching out to me in genres I don't represent. Email is the way to go for me!

Kaitlyn Johnson @RedPenKaitlyn · 6d

Writers, saying "I know this is a terrible query, but the manuscript is really the only thing that matters" in your query...

Please don't. Especially when you choose not even to tell me a thing about your book along with that. #amagenting #querytip #amquerying

James McGowan @jmcgowanbks · Jun 30

#QueryTip - While you can definitely send an agent multiple projects, don’t do so all at once. Send one and only send another when they respond (especially in picture books)

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · Jun 28

#querytip Please don't put things like "everyone, young and old" in Target Audience field.
Yes, that's always the dream. But who are you TARGETING? Who do you hope will latch onto your book&blow it up huge on social media&clean out bookstore shelves?
Fans of...? Readers of...?

Quressa Thee Dragon (she/her/queen) @qnrisawesome · Jun 26

I am so, so, so behind in queries and full submission reading. It has been a time! So I will be closing to queries on July 31st at midnight EST. Pray for my Kindle. #querytip

Hope Bolinger - PRE-ORDER DEN! @HopeBolinger · Jun 26


I know I've said this, and I will say this again, don't DM agents your query or try to circumvent the submissions process by DM-ing agents or editors.

There are no shortcuts, and we'll feel a little used if you try to pitch us via our DMs


A.M. Rose @annmrose · Jun 22

Reminder to authors that you do not need to pay someone to query for you. Sending a query to an agent shouldn’t cost you anything and as long as you Google-How to write a query-I promise you are already ahead of the game.
An email is all it takes
#WritingCommunity #querytip

Amelia Appel @AmeliaLAppel · Jun 19

#querytip: Agents don’t reject on a whim. Don’t re-query an agent who’s already passed with the exact same material. Their reason for passing will still be there and you’re wasting their time. Try someone else, revise, or try a different project.

Hope Bolinger - PRE-ORDER DEN! @HopeBolinger · Jun 19


I've known many agents to stop sending feedback on submissions because people were so nasty in their replies

Don't be that person. Even if you disagree with their feedback.


JenniferMarchSoloway @marchsoloway · Jun 16

#WriteTip / #QueryTip / #RevisionTip

From an agent's perspective, a high word count can be a red flag that the project is early and in need of revision.

For that reason, if your word count is high, I strongly recommend revising before submitting.

But all is not lost...!


Kaitlyn Johnson @RedPenKaitlyn · Jun 15

FloridaWriters @FloridaWriters1…

Be sure to check out my interview for @FloridaWriters1! Had such a blast chatting about MSWL, passion projects, and the future of the industry #amagenting #querytip #amquerying

Tara is open to queries 🌈🦄 @Literary_Tara · Jun 13

Good morning! Today I want to post a link that writers might find helpful if they were ever given feedback saying their writing was monotonous or repetitive. #querytip #amwriting #amquerying…

Hope Bolinger - PRE-ORDER DEN! @HopeBolinger · Jun 12


If an agent asks for the first three chapters, don't send them three random chapters. Even if you love chapters 10, 15, and 27.5, we want those first three chapters to shine.