Friday Twitter Tips: Mostly Query Advice. Again. #pubtip #querytip

With the ease of internet research, you'd think writers wouldn't keep making the same query mistakes over and over. But, you'd be wrong.

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Friday Twitter Tips: Query Advice Edition

TwitterBirdIf you're a writer at a certain point in your career, you've heard the words "build your platform." In case you haven't,  in short it means engaging on social media, blogs, networking, yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah. Though I think too much emphasis can be put on platform building for unpublished writers, specifically those who spend more time blogging and tweeting than writing (you know who you are; stop it right now!), I appreciate the idea and I think in the long run, having a presence on Twitter, Facebook, a blog, blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada, will all pay off with greater exposure and more sales. But, that's down the road. For the here and now, what can an unpublished writer really get from these platforms? Besides lots of follows by people who only want to promote their own books? Well, if you're following the right people, you can get some great advice. I follow some wonderful writers (@deannaraybourn being my favorite author Twitterer by far) and they give brilliant advice and encouragement. But, if you want advice that will make a difference right now, i.e. land you an agent or sell your book, you should be following literary agents and editors. Some are more prolific twitterers than others. (I especially recommend Margaret Bail (@MKDB) for her almost daily 10 Queries Tweets.) But, all of their advice is useful. If you read along long enough, you'll have an, "Oops. I've done that" moment. You'll also notice a pattern in their advice, namely they can sound like a broken record. Seems like we writers never learn. Either that or we don't follow them on Twitter and listen to their advice!

In case The Twitter scares you or you're too lazy to bother, every (or most) Fridays, I round up my favorite Twitter #pubtips from the week. It's my very own public service to you.  This week's focus is on querying.

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Friday Twitter Tips Vol. 4 - #PubTips from Agents and Editors

  Welcome to the fourth installment of Friday Twitter Tips where my sympathy for agents and editors grows ever more acute. Y'all see it all, over and over and over again. On behalf of every author out there, I'm sorry.

Personal story time: in fifth grade, Mrs. Starnes gave our class a worksheet, told us to read it through then complete the worksheet. Of course, I started answering the questions right away. When I got to the last question, it said to only answer one or two questions. Mrs. Starnes, looking very smug at the front of the room, didn't even have to spell out the moral of the lesson. Based on what I read from agents on Twitter, very few writers had their own Mrs. Starnes.
Read the agent's submission and query guidelines! They're all different!

Who doesn't want writing advice from a Dalek?

Query Etiquitte

Always good advice from Elmore Leonard:

Absolutely the way to get an agent to like you:

Hugh Howie, self-described self-publishing success outlier, makes the case for self-publishing, using numbers.

On the other hand, if you're self-publishing to get into traditional?

Know your genre.

Makes me glad I don't write YA.

Moral of this tweet: Revisions may seem evil, but they're just misunderstood. Like Draco Malfoy.

Moral of this tweet: don't be easy to mock. Oh, and get a friend to read your query.

More editing tips. From editors!



Previous Editions of Friday Twitter Tips

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Friday Twitter Tips - Roundup of Literary #PubTips from Agents and Editors


The same goes for pitching at conferences. You should only pitch completed work.

And this is why:

Here she means offer from another agent or publisher:

Conference season is coming up. Read this:



Not entirely sure where to slot this advice, so it's going here:

This tip is more of a tip on professionalism than anything:


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Friday Twitter Tips - Roundup of #pubtips from agents and editors

I love following agents and editors on Twitter. It gives such a great insight into what they like, dislike and what is trending in the publishing world. Plus, some of them are interesting in their own right. When they tweet about the weather, opera, their children, cats, happy hours, well, it reminds us they are human and not robots reading and rejecting our manuscripts just because they can. I see so many good #pubtips on a daily basis. So, as a public service to my fellow authors, and as a way to keep the ones I like best easily accessible on my blog, I'm rounding up my favorites. My idea is for this to be a weekly post. Considering how sporadic my posting as been, and my general inability to follow-up with my Grand Blogging Ideas, I understand if you are skeptical of my ability to do this. At the very least, you'll get this one post, and that ain't nothing.

This should be a no-brainer to writers. That someone had to tweet this advice makes me sad.

I especially love agents who do 10 queries in 10 tweets, or a similar series. You get lots of great tips and advice about what turns agents off. Margaret Bail has been doing 10 queries in 10 tweets consistently for a while now. Great info.