13 Jul

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

There are some really simple tips that can maximize your query’s impact. Once you’ve got the basics–word count, genre, hook, mini synopsis (with a hint of intrigue), and your delightful author bio–what can you do to rise above the crowd?

  1. Personalize your email and know something about the agent you’re querying. Include a personal salutation. Have you read one of their client’s books? How did you find them? Do you follow their blog or like something they tweeted?
  2. Research and be selective in your querying to agents. Only query agents who represent work in your genre. It’s a waste of everyone’s time for you to submit too broadly. Agents know when you’re grasping at straws.
  3. Keep your query to ONE email screen. We might not want to scroll to learn more if you haven’t hooked us from the start. One email page means we can scan and find everything we…

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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  1. tinasmusings

    July 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Check out more of Carly’s blogs. If you are where I am in the Query process. Some really great advice here.


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