Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

#NLAquerytip #6

Fact: If you have to defend that your novel is over 200,000 words in your query letter, then you are not pitching your story from a place of strength. And agents are more likely to pass. Here’s why: Even though a writer might insist that the length is necessary for the story, rarely is this true. In […]

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Special Treat: Stacey Lee’s Original Query for UNDER A PAINTED SKY

Happy Release Day Stacey Lee! UNDER A PAINTED SKY is now in bookstores. Since I’ve been doing nothing but blogging about queries for the last week, what better way to celebrate the release of her debut novel than to share Stacey’s original query letter (with permission of course!) Dear Ms. Nelson, I am seeking representation for my […]

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Kristin’s Original Pitch Letter to Editors – Under A Painted Sky

And as further celebration, my original pitch letter to editors when this work was on submission. A couple of things to note: 1) As my letter reveals, UNDER A PAINTED SKY was not the original title. We have Stacey’s estimable editor Shauna to thank for that! It was a great suggestion and way more evocative […]

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#NLAquerytip #5

Fact: A really terrific concept in your query won’t save you if the letter itself is poorly written. Think of the query letter as a special training ground. A pitch for your novel is really hard to write. Trust me, we agents understand that, which is why most of us aren’t also writers. I’m not crazy enough […]

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#NLAquerytip #4

Fact: A really good title for a novel will catch an agent’s attention And once that attention is caught, then the chances of the entire query letter being read is very high. The benefits of this is obvious. If an agent reads the entire email, the more likely it is that the agent will request sample […]

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