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People often say to me: "Listen, agent person (they don't actually call me this). You agent blogging people always talk about what not to do in a query, why not talk about what people should do in a query!"
The people have spoken. They want things they should do.
And here's what I think is one of the very most important thing to do in a query: be as specific as possible. Allow me to be even more specific: be as specific as possible aboutthe right…
Literary Agent Jenny Bent goes into detail on her blog about query mistakes. In her post she explains why you shouldn't:
1. Pitch multiple projects in one query
2. Pitch a novel before you've finished writing it
3. Query multiple agents at one agency--at the same time
4. Send exclusive queries
5. E-mail an agent asking if you can query them or if they accept e-mail queries
6. E-mail an agent asking how to get an agent
7. Ask an agent, "why do I…
INTERN is feeling extremely wonderful and happy today and wanted to fill the world with yes's instead of no's, do's instead of don'ts. Here, then, are the ten most wonderful and useful things you can do you for your manuscript to give it the best possible chance of growing up big and strong.
1. Revise until there is no "anyway".
The single most common reason that reasonably good manuscripts get turned down (at least, as far as INTERN has observed) is because…
Agent Janet Reid gives an example of what a query shouldn't read like:
Last week Marilyn Dahl in a special edition of Shelf Awareness wrote a long piece about MATTERHORN by Karl Marlantes. Here are the first two paragraphs.
Once in a while, a wondrous and remarkable book comes along, written from the deep places of the heart with passion and courage. Matterhorn is that book. Karl Marlantes's timeless tale of…