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  • 08:35 Uh oh….this is not a good sign for the laptop. #

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21 June 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 10:40 Your book should be the star of your query, not you (unless your book is actually about your fascinating life story). #queries #
  • 16:14 RT @jodimeadows: I wish people would add their first five pages to their queries. | But only if the agent’s guidelines request them! #
  • 21:40 Reading a really intriguing ms, but I think it’s time to be done for the day. #

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19 June 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 10:25 If I wanted to read your entire manuscript, I wouldn’t have rejected your query in the first place. #queries #
  • 12:49 A query isn’t the same thing as a resume (despite the obvious analogies), so please don’t "pad" your publishing accomplishments. #queries #

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18 June 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 10:28 Most of the time, an endorsement from an editor you hired to work on your book is just a paid endorsement. #queries #
  • 10:31 @RachelleGardner Is it SKINNY by Ibi Kaslik? is.gd/14v78 #
  • 11:11 Sometimes publishing really is stupid and/or unfair, but ranting about it in your query isn’t helpful. #queries #

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17 June 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 09:57 Please skip using the term "bestselling author" if it only means your book was the bestselling title for a small press one month. #queries #
  • 10:49 Don’t center your pitch around the great twist in your book and then keep just what that twist actually is a secret. #queries #

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16 June 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 11:06 Do your research before you query. Do your research before you query. Do your research before you query. How many times must it be said? #
  • 11:07 In all seriousness, the pile of new queries from over the weekend would probably be 40% smaller if all of these people did their homework. #
  • 11:39 Is admitting that you queried with a category of book you know the agent doesn’t rep supposed to make it all right? #

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15 June 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 09:58 While reading a non-client ms, had brain shift from recommending that agent take it on to helpful things agent can tell writer when passing. #
  • 09:59 At least I have plenty of good things to say about it, even if I don’t think it’s quite there yet. #
  • 10:13 First impressions count. Please pay enough attention to your outgoing query to be sure you didn’t get the agent’s name wrong. #
  • 16:11 Summer hours are for the weak….meaning that Friday afternoons make me wish I was weak. Or just that I had less to get done. #
  • 23:23 RT @arcaedia: If each query I read this week actually included 5 pages per our guidelines (many still don’t) that’s 1205 pages to read #

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12 June 2009 at 10:55 pm

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