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  • louise_buckley_literary_agent - Louise Buckley Literary Agent @louise_buckley_literary_agent 2 months ago
  • Tip #4: nail your pitch.

A long, meandering, unfocused pitch can kill your chances of being picked up by an agent. If your pitch is unfocused it gives the impression that the book is unfocussed and also puts doubts in the agent's mind that they could pitch this book either. 
Agents understand that crafting the perfect pitch is hard, but it's well worth spending some time honing your pitch, and distilling it into just a couple of lines. If you're unable to do that then I would recommend either asking someone to help with this or rethinking what your book is about. 
#writing #submission #writingadvice #writingtips #literaryagent #amwriting #queryletter Tip #4: nail your pitch. A long, meandering, unfocused pitch can kill your chances of being picked up by an agent. If your pitch is unfocused it gives the impression that the book is unfocussed and also puts doubts in the agent's mind that they could pitch this book either. Agents understand that crafting the perfect pitch is hard, but it's well worth spending some time honing your pitch, and distilling it into just a couple of lines. If you're unable to do that then I would recommend either asking someone to help with this or rethinking what your book is about. #writing #submission #writingadvice #writingtips #literaryagent #amwriting #queryletter
  • Tip #4: nail your pitch. A long, meandering, unfocused pitch can kill your chances of being picked up by an agent. If your pitch is unfocused it gives the impression that the book is unfocussed and also puts doubts in the agent's mind that they could pitch this book either. Agents understand that crafting the perfect pitch is hard, but it's well worth spending some time honing your pitch, and distilling it into just a couple of lines. If you're unable to do that then I would recommend either asking someone to help with this or rethinking what your book is about. #writing #submission #writingadvice #writingtips #literaryagent #amwriting #queryletter
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  • louise_buckley_literary_agent - Louise Buckley Literary Agent @louise_buckley_literary_agent 2 months ago
  • Tip #3 when submitting to a literary agent: don't make your personal information the focus of your query letter. 
You may lead an interesting life but unless it's relevant to the book, it is best to keep your life story brief and not make it the focus of your query letter - an agent wants to know about your book and your query letter is there to tell the agent about it in the most succinct way possible. Therefore, starting your query letter by talking about yourself or going on at length about your life can be off-putting to an agent when they have to read through this (see previous tip on why it benefits you as an author to keep your query letter brief). I generally recommended sticking to a few lines about yourself at the bottom of the query letter.

#queryletter #submission #agentsubmission #amwriting #writing #writingtips #literaryagent #submissiontips Tip #3 when submitting to a literary agent: don't make your personal information the focus of your query letter. You may lead an interesting life but unless it's relevant to the book, it is best to keep your life story brief and not make it the focus of your query letter - an agent wants to know about your book and your query letter is there to tell the agent about it in the most succinct way possible. Therefore, starting your query letter by talking about yourself or going on at length about your life can be off-putting to an agent when they have to read through this (see previous tip on why it benefits you as an author to keep your query letter brief). I generally recommended sticking to a few lines about yourself at the bottom of the query letter. #queryletter #submission #agentsubmission #amwriting #writing #writingtips #literaryagent #submissiontips
  • Tip #3 when submitting to a literary agent: don't make your personal information the focus of your query letter. You may lead an interesting life but unless it's relevant to the book, it is best to keep your life story brief and not make it the focus of your query letter - an agent wants to know about your book and your query letter is there to tell the agent about it in the most succinct way possible. Therefore, starting your query letter by talking about yourself or going on at length about your life can be off-putting to an agent when they have to read through this (see previous tip on why it benefits you as an author to keep your query letter brief). I generally recommended sticking to a few lines about yourself at the bottom of the query letter. #queryletter #submission #agentsubmission #amwriting #writing #writingtips #literaryagent #submissiontips
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  • louise_buckley_literary_agent - Louise Buckley Literary Agent @louise_buckley_literary_agent 3 months ago
  • Over the course of the next ten days I'll be sharing my top 10 tips for submitting your book to a literary agent.

Tip #1: always address your query letter to the correct person. There is nothing more annoying as an agent than receiving a query letter addressed to the wrong name. I don't mean addressed to another agent (though this does happen). I mean addressed to any of the following:

Dear Sirs - I'm a woman (singular)
Dear Madam - correct gender this time but still not my name
Dear Publisher - I'm not a Publisher
Dear Editor - I'm not an Editor, not in the sense the author means
Dear Zeno Agency - this one is particularly frustrating because if an author has taken the time to research the name of the agency, they will know from the website that I am the only agent currently accepting submissions

Preferred ways of addressing your query letter:

Dear [agent's first name]
Dear Ms/Mr [agent's last name]
Dear [agent's first and last name]

Every agency will have an online presence these days and so there's no reason you can't know who you are submitting your submission to. It really is that simple 😃. #writingtips #writing #queryletter #submission #advice #writingadvice #literaryagent Over the course of the next ten days I'll be sharing my top 10 tips for submitting your book to a literary agent. Tip #1: always address your query letter to the correct person. There is nothing more annoying as an agent than receiving a query letter addressed to the wrong name. I don't mean addressed to another agent (though this does happen). I mean addressed to any of the following: Dear Sirs - I'm a woman (singular) Dear Madam - correct gender this time but still not my name Dear Publisher - I'm not a Publisher Dear Editor - I'm not an Editor, not in the sense the author means Dear Zeno Agency - this one is particularly frustrating because if an author has taken the time to research the name of the agency, they will know from the website that I am the only agent currently accepting submissions Preferred ways of addressing your query letter: Dear [agent's first name] Dear Ms/Mr [agent's last name] Dear [agent's first and last name] Every agency will have an online presence these days and so there's no reason you can't know who you are submitting your submission to. It really is that simple 😃. #writingtips #writing #queryletter #submission #advice #writingadvice #literaryagent
  • Over the course of the next ten days I'll be sharing my top 10 tips for submitting your book to a literary agent. Tip #1: always address your query letter to the correct person. There is nothing more annoying as an agent than receiving a query letter addressed to the wrong name. I don't mean addressed to another agent (though this does happen). I mean addressed to any of the following: Dear Sirs - I'm a woman (singular) Dear Madam - correct gender this time but still not my name Dear Publisher - I'm not a Publisher Dear Editor - I'm not an Editor, not in the sense the author means Dear Zeno Agency - this one is particularly frustrating because if an author has taken the time to research the name of the agency, they will know from the website that I am the only agent currently accepting submissions Preferred ways of addressing your query letter: Dear [agent's first name] Dear Ms/Mr [agent's last name] Dear [agent's first and last name] Every agency will have an online presence these days and so there's no reason you can't know who you are submitting your submission to. It really is that simple 😃. #writingtips #writing #queryletter #submission #advice #writingadvice #literaryagent
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  • melanie_schubert_writer - Melanie Schubert 🇦🇺 🎏 @melanie_schubert_writer 3 months ago
  • Annnd it's printed!! 😱🌋🐲🐉 It may be a bit impractical these days, but the charm of a printed  manuscript copy never gets old. Mad props to my brother-in-law @timotei_schubert for printing it out for me so I didn't have to break the bank at the library (20¢ per page, 174 pages...you do the math 😱💸💸💸)
I'm still keeping the series and book title a secret for now,  but for those with a sharp eye, I have left a hint about one of the main characters 😁👁👀 Even though I JUST did a massive edit, I'm thinking about editing the paper copy because it always reads different in print. Do you print out your work to edit it? Or is it more of a computer only affair? 👩‍💻📑📚 Annnd it's printed!! 😱🌋🐲🐉 It may be a bit impractical these days, but the charm of a printed manuscript copy never gets old. Mad props to my brother-in-law @timotei_schubert for printing it out for me so I didn't have to break the bank at the library (20¢ per page, 174 pages...you do the math 😱💸💸💸) I'm still keeping the series and book title a secret for now, but for those with a sharp eye, I have left a hint about one of the main characters 😁👁👀 Even though I JUST did a massive edit, I'm thinking about editing the paper copy because it always reads different in print. Do you print out your work to edit it? Or is it more of a computer only affair? 👩‍💻📑📚
  • Annnd it's printed!! 😱🌋🐲🐉 It may be a bit impractical these days, but the charm of a printed manuscript copy never gets old. Mad props to my brother-in-law @timotei_schubert for printing it out for me so I didn't have to break the bank at the library (20¢ per page, 174 pages...you do the math 😱💸💸💸) I'm still keeping the series and book title a secret for now, but for those with a sharp eye, I have left a hint about one of the main characters 😁👁👀 Even though I JUST did a massive edit, I'm thinking about editing the paper copy because it always reads different in print. Do you print out your work to edit it? Or is it more of a computer only affair? 👩‍💻📑📚
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