How to Nudge an Agent on a Query

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Last Updated on September 16, 2022

How to nudge an agent on a queries? Remember, agents are human and sometimes they’re behind on reading. Never be rude or insult an agent in a query; be respectful, and keep the emails short. Remember, you want an ongoing relationship with your agent, so be nice to them. This will give you a better chance of landing a great agent. This article will give you some tips on how to nudge an agent on a query letter.

Avoiding tweeting while querying

Most literary agents discourage authors from tweeting while querying. If you’re querying an agent, it’s better to refrain from Twittering about your manuscript. While it’s tempting to reply to every agent’s tweet, don’t. Twitter was designed for interaction, but it has its limits. And while following an agent may seem tempting, remember that he or she is busy with many clients. In addition, you won’t get much feedback if you constantly respond to all their tweets.

Let the agent drive the conversation

There are many different ways to improve the efficacy and power of a query. The approach that is most effective for you will depend on your specific goals in the conversation: cooperative or competitive? A combination of the two approaches will usually improve the conversation. But which method is the best? Let’s explore each. It’s crucial to understand what motivates you and your conversationalists. Ultimately, they must decide whether they want to engage in cooperative or competitive interactions.

It is important to realize that your customer may not be completely clear on the issue they are expressing. When this happens, you must probe the customer for more information. When the chat subject is vague, the agent should probe the customer for further information. Don’t make assumptions, because if you do, your conversation may stretch out and the customer may get frustrated. Often, this will lead to an angry customer who will air their frustrations on social media and threaten to leave your company.

Don’t insult an agent in a query

When writing a query letter, don’t be too personal. It’s easy to criticize your agent, but insulting them is never helpful. Even if your story is brilliant, agents are sensitive enough to detect a little bit of bitterness in your query letter. To avoid making matters worse, you should also use their full name. While some agents like their full name, others prefer to have a more formal address.

Keeping a positive ongoing relationship with your agent

When you are submitting a query letter, make sure you only send it to agents you’re interested in working with. Then, go over the responses of those agents during “the call.” Take notes during the phone call and review them afterwards to determine whether the two of you share the same vision and are compatible in every way. Also, if possible, thank the agent for their work, which will make the whole process smoother.

When querying, the most important part is the query pitch, and the agent will decide whether they’re interested in working with you or not. A good pitch features a character caught between a rock and a hard place, or between two horrible choices. For example, Myra Barkley has been waiting for her missing daughter for nearly twenty-eight years. Then, when she finally sees her daughter, she realizes that she’s made the wrong choice.

A positive ongoing relationship with your literary agent requires respect. Agents strive to build long-term relationships with their clients, not just to sell a book and move on. That’s why it’s important to respect their time and respect their boundaries. Don’t make unreasonable demands or ask for too much. Remember that your agent is a professional, and you shouldn’t make unnecessary demands on their time.

About The Author

Alison Sowle is the typical tv guru. With a social media evangelist background, she knows how to get her message out there. However, she's also an introvert at heart and loves nothing more than writing for hours on end. She's a passionate creator who takes great joy in learning about new cultures - especially when it comes to beer!