Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

Okay, so maybe not that kind of tipsy. Unless you've got a chilled moscato hanging out over there. Then it's game ON! I jest, I jest. Or do I?

Enough circles. On this Tipsy Tuesday I bring you tips for query submissions I have gathered across the array of agent blogs I follow.

  1. Personalize the letter. No, Ms. Agent Lady doesn't enjoy being addressed as Dear Sir. Be sure to use the agent's name, spelled correctly.
  2. Never ever, ever, ever, ever CC a gajillion agents on a single query email. They know. It's really an insult--like saying they're not worth your time.
  3. No matter how great the urge-- do NOT send gifts along with a paper query. It's creepy.
  4. Do your research. Sending an agent a query for a genre they don't represent is wasting both your time. Most agents list things they represent on their website and/or on sites like query tracker and publishers marketplace.
  5. Don't send attachments to emails, unless the agent specifically asks for it! It will be deleted for fear of viruses.

Now, some not so serious mommy tips.

  1. Never let Super-Spawn nap until nearly 5pm, he will never go to sleep at night.
  2. Of course cake is a healthy food! Grandma says so!
  3. Repeating Mama over and over and over and over is a tactic to make you cave. DO NOT GIVE IN!
  4. Puppy dog eyes and pouty lips work, even if you don't want them to.
  5. They really are cute when they sleep, it's the waking hours you have to worry about.



Marquita Hockaday said...

Cool tips, although I was hoping a low fat cocktail recipe was gonna follow the tips on querying :)

Holly Dodson said...

Marquita what an excellent idea! Next Tuesday you will get your recipe ;)