Friendly/helpful #QueryTip for those #AmQuerying from #WritingCommunity: I enjoy #ShortStories & #Novella format but they present challenges in trying to sell short works to a #publisher. Much easier to sell those alongside a full-length #Novel so let's see both or all three!
Got a query addressed to Mr. Hoogland today - While the resemblance between @mike_hoogland and I is uncanny and our names are very similar 🙃might I suggest double checking that submission before you hit send today
#querytip #SlushInsight #mistakeshappen ❤️
LAgent @Leanne54TavaresHello friends! A tip. Try not to use comp titles that are EXACTLY THE SAME as your story. Find a story with similar elements but not so similar that it steers an agent away because it’s TOO similar. We want something fresh, not recycled! :)
Alex White @alexrwhiteYou heard it here first, folks! Connor prefers your pen names unmasked in your query. Do other agents feel this way? twitter.com/dreamoforgonon…
Same. Simple fact: the more your agent knows, the better they can manage your career and represent your true wishes. #querytip
It seems as though now that it’s September all the #query letters come flooding in. Here’s a quick #querytip: Summer may be slow in publishing but feel free to query me any time of the year—it doesn’t have to wait until September!
#querytip: The process of querying may make you super nervous. MOST people feel that way. But don't turn that into talking yourself down. You don't have to say things like, "if you even like it." It's self-sabotage, and though it makes my heart hurt, it doesn't make me request.
#QueryTip! Don’t query until you get feedback on your pitch from someone who is unfamiliar with your manuscript. They will be able to point out holes that are invisible to you/someone who has read the MS already. #Triadatip
#querytip Please provide at least 2 weeks notice to agents if you’ve received an offer. This is even more important if said offer is not from other agents but from a smaller less known publisher. Agents can be a great resource in terms of knowledge and guidance
A common question I get from writers is when to start querying. There isn't a perfect answer, but if you find yourself looking at your manuscript & making tiny tweaks OR getting the urge to destroy it bc you've revised it so much, odds are, it's ready. #querytip
Last night, I read ~10 queries in a row with prologues, none of which needed a prologue. Not saying that prologues NEVER work, but if you have one in your MS, really look at the purpose it serves. A short thread:
#querytip please please PLEASE, if you receive an offer of representation or an offer from a small press or decide to self publish or whatever, let all agents who have your query/partial/full know! It's so frustrating to read something only to find out it's no longer available.