If you are an active Twitter user and a writer, you may have come across #tenqueries. If not – basically, a literary agent takes ten query submissions and reviews them each in a 140-character tweet. I am always quite surprised by the results. There seems to be so much junk out there. It also gives me hope.
Here is a list of random tips I have compiled after observing #tenqueries for some time –
- Pay attention to the guidelines given on the agency’s website. They are important and there for a good reason.
- Make sure the agent/agency represents your genre.
- Make your query letter specific. Explain what your story is about and why it is special.
- In your sample pages, don’t overdo the dialogue.
- Too much exposition is a no-no.
- Go for something original and new.
- Develop a strong voice.
- Edit your work before submitting!
I have learned a lot by following #tenqueries tweets by these literary agents –
Follow them on Twitter or explore the hashtag #tenqueries.