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Query Writing – A Guide For The Anxious

Originally Published: Jan. 8, 2012

by Sarah Davies, Literary Agent

I toyed with much fancier titles for this post, but then decided to say it straight. What you want to know is how to write a great query and the whole process worries you sick, right?

Everyone else in the industry has blogged on this topic, so there’s no shortage of great advice around, but having just faced around 350 queries on my return from vacation, I’m weighing in with a few simple pointers.

Let’s start with the perfect (French) cup of coffee. Short, strong, elegant. Served in cup and saucer, and usually with tiny square of chocolate balanced alongside. (S*bucks, with your buckets of hot milk, please note.) The first thing to know about queries is that they’re not nearly as hard as you think, so lower your shoulders, breathe deeply and say, “I can do this!” (more…)

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2009 Agents Panel

Originally Posted: Dec. 30, 2009

by Andrea Fooner

What are agents who specialize in children’s books actively looking for? What makes them eager to sell your manuscript? How do they work with authors and editors? At the November SCBWI New York Metro Tuesday Professionals Series, three members of the profession – Sarah Davies, head of The Greenhouse Literary Agency, Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary and Chris Richman of Upstart Crow – addressed these questions.

All three panelists agreed that to grab and hold an agent’s attention, writers need very strong submissions, with great sales potential. Richman noted that of 900 submissions he’s seen in the last four months, he’s signed only one project. (more…)