Masha Gunic
@masha_gunic
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at the Azantian Literary Agency / Books are life / Always trying to learn / Looking for new ideas, perspectives, and experiences
45 MSWL
9 Tips

When I'm reading manuscripts I always want to see what does your character want vs what do they need in order to change.

These are usually different but try to make sure your MC (and even secondary ones) have both!

#amagenting #querytip

Masha Gunic
@masha_gunic
Literary Agent
Associate Agent at the Azantian Literary Agency / Books are life / Always trying to learn / Looking for new ideas, perspectives, and experiences
45 MSWL
9 Tips

Authors, please try to not make your query letters too long (or short)!

The best ones I've received were usually under about 350 words and above 250.

I want to get to your sample as soon as possible, and I'm personally not a fast reader. 🙂📖 #querytip

paige wheeler
@pwheeler_agent
Literary Agent
Lit Agent, wine lover, book reader, mom to dog, owner to kids (facebook.com/paigewheelerag…)
5 MSWL
21 Tips

Be as specific as possible in your pitch. Anything vague usually means it’s been done before. Stand out! #QueryTip

Lisa Green Editor
@LisaGreenEdito2
Editor
Associate Editor for the Mystic Owl line & City Owl Press. Currently closed to cold queries.
63 MSWL
8 Tips

#querytip When you write the letter, PERSONALIZE it. DON'T: Say I'm seeking representation when querying an editor (possibly the majority of my queries). I'm not an agent. DO: mention something that let's me know you know who you're #querying. #asktheeditor

Kim Lionetti
@BookEndsKim
Literary Agent
Literary agent of adult and young adult fiction. Autism mom. British period drama addict. Gosling aficionado. Penn State alum. She/her.
68 MSWL
66 AskAgent
27 Tips

#Querytip: Avoid making 75% of your query about the themes in your book. It’s hard to stand out if you focus on that and not the story. I should be able to glean those themes/issues based on how you describe the plot. I've never been hooked by a theme, only by a story idea.

Ronald Gerber
@RGerberAgent
Literary Agent
Literary agent & rights manager at Lowenstein Associates. Kew Gardens resident. Full-time Bruce Springsteen fan. Opinions are my own.
19 MSWL
6 Tips

Authors, friendly reminder to always notify us when you have an offer of representation. Don't wait til after you've accepted one! Sometimes we're still considering, and even if you love the agent who offered you never know who might be the best fit. #amquerying #querytip

paige wheeler
@pwheeler_agent
Literary Agent
Lit Agent, wine lover, book reader, mom to dog, owner to kids (facebook.com/paigewheelerag…)
5 MSWL
21 Tips

The title of your manuscript doesn’t have to be set in stone, but an attention grabbing title can help you stand out among the crowd! #QueryTip

Stacey Kondla
@StaceyKondla
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at The Rights Factory - closed to queries. Stroke survivor. Books are life. Opinions are my own. she/her
2 MSWL
2 Tips

In reading queries recently, here is a #querytip - you truly can have too much swearing in your pitch or manuscript. If crude language is overused, it loses it’s impact. A well-placed profanity is invaluable. Check your work to see if you are using crude language as crutch words.

Kaitlyn Johnson
@RedPenKaitlyn
Literary Agent
Agent @belcastr . insta: kjbelcastro. Freelance Editor. Serial comma for life. She/her. Query at QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson
274 MSWL
345 AskAgent
55 Queries
362 Tips
A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
112 MSWL
106 AskAgent
11 Queries
87 Tips

#QueryTip 🧵
* Don't forget to include your query letter. The number of submissions I'm seeing without one is really perplexing.
* Format your pages! If your book is one big block of text it's almost impossible to read.
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#WritingCommunity #amwriting

Lane Heymont
@LaneHeymont
Literary Agent
Literary Agent / Defender of the Oxford comma. Founder of @TheTobiasAgency . Opinions are my own. (he/him)
44 MSWL
477 Tips

There’s cool research on the “best” email salutations and sign-offs. I can’t find the original article from my occupational psychology course but this is basically the same thing. I used to sign-off “Thanks” ALL THE TIME. Figures, huh? #querytip #agenting businessinsider.com/how-to-sign-of…

Eric, Book Publisher
@eric5310pub
Editor
Publisher at @5310publishing spreading happiness every day through books. I'm changing the world, one fiction book at a time! ☺️ Tag me if you have book recs!
14 MSWL
8 Tips

If you read your work outloud before submitting it, you are more likely to notice omitted words. #querytip #amediting

Eric, Book Publisher
@eric5310pub
Editor
Publisher at @5310publishing spreading happiness every day through books. I'm changing the world, one fiction book at a time! ☺️ Tag me if you have book recs!
14 MSWL
8 Tips

If you have a friend who got a publishing deal, ask to see their query letter. #querytip

You can only improve if you have something (or someone) you can compare yourself to.

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
112 MSWL
106 AskAgent
11 Queries
87 Tips

#QueryTip: After writing your synopsis, give it to someone who knows nothing about your story. If it confuses them, it will confuse an agent/editor too.
#writingadvice #WritingHacks #WritingCommunity

paige wheeler
@pwheeler_agent
Literary Agent
Lit Agent, wine lover, book reader, mom to dog, owner to kids (facebook.com/paigewheelerag…)
5 MSWL
21 Tips

If you're planning to write under a pseudonym, make sure to include both your real name and the name you're writing under in your query letter. #QueryTip

A.M. Rose call me Ann
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent @Prospect_Agency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author of ROAD TO EUGENICA (18) BREAKOUT (19) @EntangledTeen | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo
112 MSWL
106 AskAgent
11 Queries
87 Tips

#QueryTip - Make sure you follow submission guidelines. We ask for synopsis, and for me, I always read them before I request pages. So if your submission doesn't have one, guess what? It's more times than not a pass. So do yourself a favor and send ALL requested material

Colleen Oefelein
@eerie_o
Literary Agent
Literary Agent, Adventure Write Working alongside MacGregor & Luedeke Lit Christian Disabled Veteran PTSD warrior Also Author CM McCoy: EERIE
16 MSWL
2 AskAgent
14 Tips

#WritingCommunity
Did you use a filtering verb in your opening (see, hear, feel, watch, smell)?
Eliminate it & bring your POV closer:

#querytip

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Closed to queries until 2022! 📣
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

Spoiler alert: if I request a full manuscript from you, I'm going to send you an immediate follow up asking for your goals and what you're looking for in an agent. You should REALLY know the answers to these questions before you start querying! #QueryTip #WritingCommunity

emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Closed to queries until 2022! 📣
125 MSWL
12 Queries
61 Tips

#WritingCommunity, the average length of time from acquisition of a book to pub is 18 months. Most agents take a few months to consider queries. If your concept is time-sensitive, you need to bear in mind that trad pub is a 2 year+ process for a new author. #QueryTip

Eric, Book Publisher
@eric5310pub
Editor
Publisher at @5310publishing spreading happiness every day through books. I'm changing the world, one fiction book at a time! ☺️ Tag me if you have book recs!
14 MSWL
8 Tips