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I've won a few query crits from authors (two rep'd by agents I'd like to query), receiving positive feedback on the query and the premise of the ms, but haven't snagged a lot of agent interest. Do author and agents read queries differently? Should I rewrite my query or press on?— Anonymous
It’s hard to say for sure. You could be writing a great query in a dead genre…or it could be something else. I’d reexamine your query and see if there’s anything you can tweak and then send out some more queries. If you’re still not getting requests (and it’s not because it’s a dead genre), rewrite it and try again.
In the even that it is a dead genre, that doesn’t mean you won’t get any requests—you just might not get as many. Start working on something else, but keep querying.
A few months ago Suzie did the “Can you Handle the Truth” query critique contest and for my MS at the time she said: “This is a pass for me. It feels too much like an issue book and those are a tough sell. I like your pages. I'd love to see a query for your next novel if this doesn't snag you an agent.” I have another novel, if I query her again, should I mention what she said before in the contest? And also, when comparing titles to our MS, is it okay if they share only a small similarity?— Anonymous
Yes, query her again and mention that she specifically asked you to.
For your comparable titles it depends on what the similarity is. Sometimes for X meets X it could work. If you’re not sure, you can always say that your novel would appeal to fans of _ and _ (fill in the blanks with your comp titles, think about which readers would buy your book).
Question: When circulating a new manuscript to literary agents, is there a certain etiquette as far as contacting the agent afterward? Is it best to wait and hope or is it alright to email your perspective agent asking where they are in the process?— Anonymous
If an agent has requested your manuscript wait 8-12 weeks and if you still haven’t heard anything, follow up with a concise and polite email in order to check.
if i plan to query you next week should i do #pitmad?— Anonymous
will any of you be in #pitmad next week :)— Anonymous
I don’t think so—next week is BEA and we have a lot going on as a result.
In the end, we make our choices on our own. And no matter how stupid they are, we have to live—or die—with what we’ve done. Sometimes choosing our moment of death is the only freedom we have left.—
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