Welcome to this weeks Writing Tip Wednesday. Today I am talking about getting to know the agents you want to query by following them on social media. I am hoping to start querying mid year at the latest so I have already begun compiling a list of agents I want to query. And thanks to the internet, agents are more accessible than ever!
The biggest mistake you can make when querying an agent is sending them a query for a book they don’t represent e.g sending your non-fiction manuscript to an agent that only represents children fiction.
A lot of agents are on social media like Twitter and Tumblr, and have their own blogs so you can get to know what they are looking for. So my tip today is follow the agents that you might query on twitter, tumblr etc, follow their blogs and subscribe to their newsletters.
Not only will you find out what they have sold and what they want, they also give out invaluable submitting advice and show samples of successful queries. They might even take a sampling of their queries and tell you why they did or didn’t pass on them.
Some of the blogs I’ve discovered in my search are:
New Leaf Literary on tumblr (Joanna Volpe and Suzie Townsend)
Suzie Townsend’s blog – this link leads to a sample query she put on her blog.
Pub Rants from Nelson Literary Agency – I subscribe to the newsletter and it is full of really great tips.
P.S Literary Agency – another tumblr blog.
Slush Pile Hell – This is an hilarious site that will tell you what not to say in your query letter. Click on the link to read some queries you won’t believe are real!
That’s just a few, I am sure there are plenty more. So before you start querying, find out as much about your agent/s as you can by following them on social media. A lot of them are open to questions so feel free to ask them anything you’re not certain about. All agents have different preferences and it is important you find out what they are before you query. And from the sample query letter’s I’ve read, mentioning you’ve read their blog/newsletter goes down really well with agents.