Our annual winter holiday query closure is over, so SEND US ALL YOUR THINGS…once you review our agents’ interests and guidelines on the Team Fuse page to make sure you’re sending the right material to the right agent.
Remember, and this can be said of many other agencies, please send to only one of our agents at a time. It’s OK if you sub to other agencies, but keep it to one agent at Fuse at a time.
Here are some tips to help increase your likelihood of success when submitting:
- Always go to the agent’s webpage before you submit. Third-party resources like QueryTracker, AgentQuery, Publishers Marketplace, The Jeff Herman Guide, and The Guide to Literary Agents can help you narrow your search from the gang of agents that exist, but for the most accurate, most recent information, your best bet is to go straight to the source. Case in point, one of our agents recently retired, and some of those printed resources still list her.
- Always follow the agent’s guidelines exactly as they list them on their webpage. One of the worst first impressions you can make is an inability to follow clear instructions.
- If you find agents who you think might be a good fit for your work, follow them on social media to get a sense of who they are and what they like.
- Regularly check the #MSWL hashtag. This is where agents and editors like to post calls for specific themes and subjects in addition to broad genre interests.
- If the agent conveys something that points toward your manuscript being a good match, whether it’s a tweet, a preferred genre, a favorite book, or an #MSWL post, mention it! Don’t spend more than a sentence or two on it, but it can be an effective way to open your query letter.
- Submitting is a balance. Don’t try just one or two agents at a time or it’ll take forever to get results. And don’t send it to everyone on your list right away in case you keep getting similar rejections that point to an issue you need to fix.
More tips on writing query letters and book proposals can be found here.
And ProTip: We have a new agent, Margaret Bail, who is especially hungry for submissions.