10 Query Tips from a Literary Assistant — 3/21/14

Interesting tips. But they raise a few follow-up questions for me…

Lane Heymont

I’m an assistant agent at The Seymour Agency. Our agents, Mary Sue Seymour and Nicole Resciniti represent a range of genre: Christian/Inspirational, Fantasy/Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Women’s Lit, Romance, 

This edition of 10 Query Tips from a Literary Assistant will be a bit smaller than past weeks due to Thanksgiving. However, I’m still going back over my Twitter feed (@LaneHeymont) and addressing the query tips I posted during the week. Here’s this week’s edition:

1) When it comes to writing a book, get to the story as quickly as possible. History lessons are for school. Your character shouldn’t spend pages explaining your world or the history of his/her town. Let things happen naturally. Sprinkle this information throughout your character’s story. #querytip #writetip

2) Queries need to be as clear as possible. I read a query several times on my own, but I shouldn’t HAVE TO do so in order to…

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