I had the great pleasure of having lunch at Saks with Avon editors Tessa Woodward and Esi Sogah. Tessa and Esi are good people to know. Not just because they’re fun, smart, sassy women, but because they read ALL the queries that come to Avon. That’s right – ALL the queries. They take turns – one week, Tessa will read them, and the next week, it will be Esi’s turn. Most of the questions people gave me beforehand had to do with queries and submissions, and Tessa and Esi were happy to dish. Here’s a primer on how NOT to query Avon:
Don’t describe your book in vague terms. (“It’s a thrilling story of love and adventure!”) Be specific about what sets your plot apart and makes your characters unique.
Don’t spend five paragraphs talking about yourself and one paragraph describing your book.
If you get a form letter rejection, don’t write back and accuse them of not reading your query. They read every query. Every. Query.
If you get rejected, don’t write back and tell them they clearly have no taste in books.
Don’t resubmit the same query the next week. They do talk amongst themselves, and they do remember.
Don’t resend the same query addressed to a different editor. As I said, in any given week, they all go to one person.
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