By Sabrina Berndt
As the submissions coordinator for a literary agency, I’ve noticed the majority of authors make at least one mistake in their query letter, most trying to find a clever way to capture the agents’ attention. However, standing out from the crowd is not always a good thing, especially when we provide clear guidelines. A clear query letter gives the impression that you can follow directions and will be easier to work with. Although an author may think their query might get lost in a sea of emails with the same format, the truth is proper submissions are the ones that truly stand out.
Here are a few of most common mistakes I see when sorting through query letters. Continue reading “Four Mistakes Writers Make When Querying Literary Agents”
By Rachel Beck
Editors, agents and authors publish a lot of instructional pieces about the craft of writing, and the mechanics of creating a strong novel. These tips tend to focus on plot, character, conflict, story arc, narrative voice, tone, etc. After all, you cannot have a successful book without these pieces in place, and not only must they be present, but they must also work in tandem to build on the goals and motives of the characters and story as a whole. If these pieces aren’t working in unison, your story may be rejected by publishing professionals, though hopefully with some helpful advice for improvement. Continue reading “Why You May Not Be Winning With Agents”
Querying can be a tricky and time-consuming process which can understandably become a bit frustrating with each agency having a different policy on how to submit. As the Submissions Coordinator for the agency inbox, I read every single query letter that is submitted to Holloway Literary. Here are a few tips that I would recommend to make your submission stand out. Continue reading “What the Submissions Coordinator Would Like You to Know”
Today we’re talking with Amber Mitchell about her journey to publishing her first novel, Garden of Thorns, hitting shelves on March 6, 2017. Amber Continue reading “Amber Mitchell Discusses Her Journey To Becoming A Published Author”
Have you ever wanted to get inside the agent’s head about what’s really important in the query letter? Nikki and Rachel are sharing the best and worst things to see in a query and tips on how to put your best foot forward with your query letter. Continue reading “Writing a Query Letter: Tips from Our Agents”
Getting your query letter just right could make the difference between a request and a rejection. It doesn’t matter how fantastic your manuscript is if the agent doesn’t request and read it. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that articles over query letters are littering the internet with their advice and tips. So much so that sometimes it’s hard to figure out which articles to listen to and which to avoid.
These tips, however, won’t make much of a difference if you’re not sure about the outline, the basics, the structure and what you really need in your query. Continue reading “Writing a Query Letter: The Basics”
So you’ve written The Book. You’ve polished The Book. You’ve emailed The Book to an assortment of wonderful, helpful critique partners and betas. You’ve polished more.
You’ve entered the query trenches. Continue reading “A Literary Agent Wants You To Revise And Resubmit… Now What?”