Our goal is to make this process as painless as possible for you, and the following guidelines will make us better able to respond to you in a timely manner.
- Do send your query letter via email, and include the full query in the body of the email, not as an attachment.
- Do include a writing sample of the first 25 pages of your manuscript (fiction) or your proposal with sample chapter (nonfiction) in the body of the email below your query letter.
- Do proofread carefully and double-space your materials if possible.
- Do be sure to query only one agent at this agency. We will not review queries sent to more than one of us.
- Do resend your query email if you haven’t heard from us in 8 weeks, noting the date previously sent. Our goal is to read and respond to every query in that time frame.
- Don’t send attachments with a blank email or an incomplete query – we will not open them.
- Don’t send materials as a shared file or download link (such as Dropbox or Google Docs). We will not open these files.
- Don’t submit to more than one of us at once, whether in the same query or separate queries, or requery another agent here after getting a pass. We share queries with each other frequently, so a no from one is a no from all.
- Don’t send a query for a novel until the manuscript is complete, polished and ready for review. We do not accept partial manuscripts for novels. Nonfiction can be queried with a proposal.
- Don’t pitch projects or follow up on queries via social media. Pitches made via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, will not be considered except as part of a planned pitch event.
We like our unsolicited queries to be concise, well-written, and well-proofed, and as devoid of gimmicks as possible. Here’s what to include:
- A professional, personalized greeting.
- A mention in the first paragraph of why you’re querying us: you admire a client’s work, you met us at a conference, you read a great interview, etc. Be brief and specific!
- Key stats for your project: title, genre, word count, and comp titles or authors.
- Your pitch: a paragraph or two summarizing your novel or nonfiction project that will hook us on your work. For fiction, please include genre, word count, and comp titles.
- Your bio or credentials: your expertise in the topic, your previous publication credits, your social media platform.