Here’s part two of the query tips from authors and agents (taken from #querytip on Twitter).
Saritza Hernandez (@epubagent), “Your #query should be about the book and less about you. I’m sure you’re tremendously interesting, but I’m here for your book.”
Sharon Pelletier (@sharongracepjs), “Don’t write in all caps, also please don’t threaten me.”
Kisa Whipkey (@KisaWhipkey), “Don’t tell me you’ve had your book professionally edited in your query. That translates to ‘I think it’s already perfect.’”
Ali Herring (@HerringAli), “Don’t get auto deleted! I have 35 incomplete queries that did not follow submission guidelines, had attachments, no query letter.”
Katie Teller (@KatieTeller1), “Don’t send emails when you’re drunk… or high… just fyi…”
E. Latimer (@ELatimerWrites), “When I get a single-spaced, “bold” style font, it makes me incredibly grumpy. And bleary. It also shows lack of research.”
J. Johnson-Blalock (@JJohnsonBlalock), “You need to actually write a query letter. Not just send pages. I won’t read them.”
Arielle Datz (@ArielleMarla), “No need to say, ‘I am querying you because I want to be published.’ This is stating the obvious, and wasting words.”
Jacquie Flynn (@BookJacquie), “Don’t begin your query apologizing for your inexperience. False humility makes you seem like a time waster.”
Alec Shane (@alecdshane), “’I was previously agented’ will get you a lot farther than ‘my previous agent submitted this MS everywhere, but couldn’t sell it.’”
Great advice from peeps in the biz.