I'll be reciting these every morning. Will you?
So! I attended a webinar. Big news. It cost money. Even bigger news. I learned some neat tips! I know, it just keeps getting better.
TIP #1: Did you know... only 10% of all queries address the agency correctly AND target the right agent. 80% are a mess. So if you simply use attention to detail and personalize those queries, you're already in the 10%! Woohoo!
TIP #2: Debut with your best book possible. Remember, this will be your first impression on both readers and critics. Go with your winner, save your other projects for later.
TIP #3: ...or, of course, make them all great :)
TIP #4: First lines DO count (and impress). Go for the hook.
TIP #5: Great titles count too. A title alone can sell a book!
TIP #6: Become the ultimate self-editor: look for holes to patch and weaknesses to improve, don't just copy edit.
TIP #7: Aim for: memorable characters, high stakes and drama, universal themes, settings that feel more like characters...
TIP #8: ...and most importantly, make your book impossible to put down.
TIP #9: When querying, tighten your aim: focus on new, list-building agents.
TIP #10: Better yet, query agents who are actively looking for "your" manuscript! (here and here).
So! Inspired? Depressed? Just write, damn it!