Today’s Hashtag: #pubtip

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 Provocative #writing advice + #pubtip

RT:  @RachelleGardner: Friends/family or God telling you to write a book? Don’t put it in yr query! #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!


About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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