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Friday, November 18, 2011

Turkeys and Tweets

I'll be flying the coop to Iowa very early on Monday morning, and won't have my computer until we get back the following week.

So, this is a post of turkeys and recent tweets, wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings, and leaving you with a few agent giblets to nibble on (ewwww, that was supposed to sound holiday-ish and charming~ instead of saying 'tidbits'~but there's really no charm in the word 'giblets'):

kate_mckean Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary
Hi new crafty followers! I'm looking for new craft books to rep. You must have a full proposal. Esp want sewing, quilting, & knit/crochet.

kate_mckean Kate McKean
Just like "Hey, can I have a job?" is not a cover letter, "Hey, can you publish this?" is not a query.

WolfsonLiterary Michelle Wolfson
@agentgame: Queries for three separate projects sent by the same writer within moments of each other? Don't ever do this. #pubtip

LitAgentMarini Victoria Marini, Gelfman Schneider Agency
" taste [of] blood in my mouth" -> SHOCKED by how often see this phrase in MS's.
#redundant #epitomeofoverexplaining

LitAgentMarini Victoria Marini
where else would you taste it? or ANYTHING, for that matter! i.e "guys, I can taste thin mints in my shoe

sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Writers: Don't tell me someone/something is "beautiful." Show me how they/it looks & reactions of others & I'll be able to see beauty in it.

sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla
Beauty is abstract & subjective. It doesn't look like anything, so it tells me nothing about what or who you're trying to describe.

BostonBookGirl Lauren E. MacLeod, Strothman Agency
Lots of YA about college students in slush. Those are hard to sell, must be the greatest concept EVER to get a request from me.

jsinsheim Jessica Sinsheimer, Sarah Jane Freymann Agency
Another amazing manuscript with a terrible query.Why did I request it? The title. Which is excellent. Almost as good as the pages themselves.

TayMartindale Taylor Martindale, Full Circle Literary
I'd really like to see more contemporary YA in my inbox. Unique concepts, memorable characters... Send them my way!
#queries #amwriting

MarleneStringer Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary Agency
There's a difference between "heroine" and "heroin."

sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla
Just scheduled my 1st 2012 lunch. "Holiday season" has arrived. Writers, feel free to keep querying, but be ready for slower response times.



  1. Great round up, Jess!

  2. Be safe in your travels! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  3. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

    Thanks for share,
    * Rio Prasetyo *

  4. These are fantasic, Jess! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  5. As always, you delivered! I love reading these. Thanks for sharing and have a great time in Iowa.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving. LOVE the dog and cat pic!

  7. Thanks for the agent tweets. You're pretty awesome to snag this all. And I love the fall colors of your blog. I'm a new follower.

  8. Even spellcheck doesn't differentiate between heroin and heroine!

    Have a great holiday, and I'm looking forward to reading more when you get back.

  9. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for the tweets.

  10. Have a safe trip and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving, Jess! Enjoy your trip and safe travels!

  12. Great tweets to keep in mind! Thanks, Jess!
    And have a wonderful holiday week. WIth the kids our of school all week it's gonna be tough for me to get any blogging done either. So we'll see you back in a bit. Gobble Gobble! ;)

  13. Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

  14. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jess. Thanks for all these great tweets!

  15. :) Have an AWESOME thanksgiving Jess, fantastic tweets!

  16. Kate McKean: Just like "Hey, can I have a job?" is not a cover letter, "Hey, can you publish this?" is not a query.

    This one had me laughing out loud.

    Have a great Thanksgiving, Jess.

  17. The one about "taste of blood in my mouth" made me laugh. It kind of reminds me of Glozelle talking about Ke$ha's Tik-Tok about the "pedicures on our toes...where else are you going to put them? On yo' face?"

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  18. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving in Iowa! And that your computer comes back to you all better.
    Adding to Victoria's comment - I read the phrase 'thoughts whirling in my head' and it always makes me wonder where else thoughts whirl. In the trees?

  19. Great list! Heroin/heroine wins for me!

  20. Happy belated Thanksgiving!!!

  21. I hope you had a great trip and a great Thanksgiving.

  22. I wonder why college is hard to sell? Come to think of it, not sure if I've read anything set during college years, weird.

    The taste of thin mints in my shoes - LOL