A Submissions Hint

July 30th, 2008 • Kate

Be original! Use your book’s title in the subject line, and not just a generic “query”. I get a lot of queries, and gmail likes to sort them by subject, so you should want to make sure your carefully crafted, perfectly pitched query letter actually gets my attention by using a unique subject line in your email. Multiple emails with the same subject get stacked together in “conversations”, and it’s just that much easier for me to overlook a message. And nobody wants that, right?
Be succinct, but original.

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5 Responses to “A Submissions Hint”

  1. Marva Says:

    I'll sure do that on my next query–to you. Other agents, of course, have a different idea on this. If you don't just say "Query" then your email is sent off to the elephant graveyard. Thanks for saying you'll accept a bit of a variation on a theme.

  2. Trish Says:

    I don't think there are many agents who would oppose to that. The subject line of all my queries was YA QUERY – UNBECOMING and I got answers (one way or another) to nearly all of them.

  3. beth Says:

    I'm like Trish– I always say "query–YA Fantasy–The Amnesia Door(or whatever title it is I'm querying)." (PS, you'll be getting a copy of this query as soon as I get the manuscript polished enough to send to you!)

  4. Jeff Says:

    Do you prefer to be queried at your gmail address or your KT Literary address? I ask because you mentioned gmail in your post. Thanks!

  5. Kate Says:

    Actually, all my email is routed through gmail just for ease of looking at it. But you should definitely use queries@ktliterary.com for any query.