Here are some #PubTip hashtag quotes from literary agents (found on Twitter at the following locations):
What’s this Hashtag all about?
Agents are sharing tips to getting representation/publication of your completed, polished manuscripts — but it serves another purpose, as well. They’re hoping by educating authors, they will receive better quality queries from which to make their selections:
RT @RachelleGardner: #pubtip You’d be amazed at how quickly an experienced editor or agent can assess your writing skill. Often, 1 paragrph.
RT @RachelleGardner: #pubtip The best way to get accurate info about an agent is their own website. AgentQuery etc aren’t always up to date.
RT: @jodimeadows #pubtip I don’t always catch repeat queries, but when I do, I remind people when they sent before. Keep better records.
RT: @dbschlosser Every Writer Needs an Editor by @ selfpubreview http://bit.ly/maLth Provocative #writing advice + #pubtip
RT: @RachelleGardner: Friends/family or God telling you to write a book? Don’t put it in yr query! http://is.gd/2dnqt #pubtip
RT: @rachellegardner #pubtip It’s kinda creepy when the name of the novel’s protagonist is the same as the author’s name, or very similar.
RT @MarleneStringer #Pubtip Please don’t refer me to your website or attachment for sample pages. I won’t read. Put in the body of the email
RT @RachelleGardner #pubtip Mention your genre in the query letter! Keeping us guessing increases chance of rejection.
RT @BostonBookGirl: #pubtip Be widely read in your genre. Seriously–it shows when you aren’t.
RT @BostonBookGirl @elanaroth @michelewells Authors srsly, a rejctn isn’t an invitation to initiate a conversation! #pubtip
RT @RachelleGardner: #pubtip Main reason I say NO to queries is the story & the writing don’t impress. Problem is the book, not the query.
RT @kate_mckean: Don’t start a query with a question. “Dear Agent, Do you have a heart? My novel about heartbreak….” BAD IDEA! #pubtip
RT @RachelleGardner: #pubtip Avoid being in a rush to get published. It takes TIME to develop your craft as well as learn about the biz.
Remember! take these with a grain of salt. Join a critique group, if you haven’t yet! and many blessings on your writing career!