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08 September 2008 @ 03:01 pm
Agent Nathan Bransford has a hilarious (and informative) post up today about how personalizing one's query does not in fact equate to kissing up to an agent or editor.


"Perhaps the stress of the query process leads people to feel more sensitive to slights, real or perceived. Totally understand that. But anyone deliberately not personalizing is shooting their query in the foot, and then stomping on it and telling the query it was actually left in a bundle by the stork and its real parents are trolls from another planet.

Personalizing is not kissing up."

He then proceeds with a kiss-up-o-meter, by which he rates various personalizations with how much they equate kissing up, on a scale of 1/10. If you ever wondered what it meant to personalize your query letter, go read this and get some good ideas. Yes, this is indeed how it is done. Personally, I consider it only polite to let an agent know, however subtly or bluntly you wish, that yes, you are querying them as a specific person and not just sending blanket queries to every name in Publisher's Marketplace.
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Dragonsinger: Dean thinky - Mediedragonsinger on September 8th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
I look at it as you're applying for a job. If you want the job bad enough, you'll do some research and find out who you're suppose to send a cover letter to.:)
purple_shoes on September 9th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
That was actually quite helpful! A query letter is still a concept that's a bit out of my league, but that's quite a funny and informative way of putting it.

By the way, hope you don't mind me friending you, misssimm sent me your way because I am currently working on my first novel and I am always on the look out for other writers to chat with!
rhienelleth: doctor_donna - dollsomerhienelleth on September 9th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Nope, don't mind at all. :) I love any excuse to talk about writing.

On the query subject, yeah, Nathan posts a lot of helpful tips and advice on his blog. I recommend it as daily reading. :-)

Oh, and great icon!
purple_shoes on September 10th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)

I'm going to bookmark it, he seems very helpful.

Thanks! Same to you! Ten and Donna are fabulous.