Tip of the Day: Snow is incredibly beautiful, even in April, as long as you don’t have to drive in it and it hasn’t turned into slush, sludge, or any other questionable looking liquid/solid form.
This blog is coming to you live from the great state of
Do you feel the low atmospheric pressure due to the high altitude? And the cold, mountain air?
No? Are you sure? Because I sure feel it.
Not that I would actually ever do anything like that.
Or at least not do it after I joked about it on this blog.
Because that’s just not how this business is done. No matter how much more exciting a covert operations involving…say, binoculars, bubble gum, shoe strings, a Swiss Army knife-screwdriver, and any other gadget I could fit in my purse…would be then the normal way of getting an agent through the slush pile with a query letter.
So since I'm on vacation and having fun, I thought it would be extra fun to do a list of five things you should also not do to get an agent’s attention, in addition to secretly trying to break and enter into their office:
1.) Don’t send your query in a bolded, 58-type script font.
2.) Don’t send your query for your sports-related story in a dirty athletic shoe.
3.) Don’t send your query for a pie cookbook with the frozen-chocolate pie from page 14 in with the package. Especially in summer. (Flashback: did anyone else see that episode last season on Beauty and the Geek when Joshua actually wanted to put a pie by itself—no wrapping or anything—in a gift basket?…okay, sorry way off topic…back to our regularly scheduled programming…)
4.) Don't send your query for a fantasy written entirely in the made-up language of your world.
5.) Don't call up an agent and tell them you are doing them a favor letting them represent you since you have a book that’s worth one-trillion-million dollars, despite the fact it isn’t finished yet, you don’t have any publishing credentials, and you have to ask them what the word “literary” in literary agent means. While we are at it, this probably isn’t a good thing to state in a query letter, either.
Not that anyone has attempted the above (well at least all of them, but No. 5). I’m not an agent or anything, so I’m just guessing these are big no-nos, and since this is Author2Author, I thought I’d give a heads up to avoid these in case anyone was considering these ideas.
Okay, now I’m off to go back to skiing in my pretty new ski outfit…
No, this isn’t me. Or my outfit. April Fools!!!!!!!
I totally had you fooled for a second there, didn’t I? ;-)
--Emily, Miss Awaiting an Agent