Welcome to the fourth installment of Friday Twitter Tips where my sympathy for agents and editors grows ever more acute. Y’all see it all, over and over and over again. On behalf of every author out there, I’m sorry.
I love the takeaway that reading is learning to write. Read all genres to build up your writing muscles, folks!—
Amy Boggs (@notjustanyboggs) February 13, 2014
Personal story time: in fifth grade, Mrs. Starnes gave our class a worksheet, told us to read it through then complete the worksheet. Of course, I started answering the questions right away. When I got to the last question, it said to only answer one or two questions. Mrs. Starnes, looking very smug at the front of the room, didn’t even have to spell out the moral of the lesson. Based on what I read from agents on Twitter, very few writers had their own Mrs. Starnes.
Read the agent’s submission and query guidelines! They’re all different!
Who doesn’t want writing advice from a Dalek?
INTERNAL CONSISTENCY IS IMPORTANT, UNLESS YOU HAVE AN UNRELIABLE NARRATOR. UNRELIABLE! UN-RE-LI-A-BLE! UN-REEEE-LIIII-AAAA-BLE!!!—
Dalek Advice (@DalekAdvice) February 12, 2014
If the query you sent me less than a week ago includes a list of a dozen agents who have your full ms, maybe wait to hear from them 1st?—
Sarah LaPolla (@sarahlapolla) February 12, 2014
Always good advice from Elmore Leonard:
Absolutely the way to get an agent to like you:
Hugh Howie, self-described self-publishing success outlier, makes the case for self-publishing, using numbers.
On the other hand, if you’re self-publishing to get into traditional?
Know your genre.
Most common mis-use of genre in queries = romance. If a romance query, I should imagine that book shelved in romance section of a bookstore.—
Sara Megibow (@SaraMegibow) February 07, 2014
Makes me glad I don’t write YA.
Moral of this tweet: Revisions may seem evil, but they’re just misunderstood. Like Draco Malfoy.
Revision Revelation: The biggest, most difficult change is often the one that makes the book come alive.—
Linda Urban (@lindaurbanbooks) February 07, 2014
Moral of this tweet: don’t be easy to mock. Oh, and get a friend to read your query.
Oh, you're querying me about a "fictional novel?" Cool, then how about I give you a fictional "million dollar advance?" Everybody wins!—
Tyrus Books (@TyrusBooks) February 07, 2014
More editing tips. From editors!