Resources for Querying Authors

So you're ready to begin the hunt for an agent! That's an exciting and terrifying stage for most writers. Do yourself a favour and research until you can't stand to research any more. Read synopses for other books. Read successful query letters. Spend the time to figure out which agents are the best match for your story. And more than anything, make sure your manuscript is polished, structurally sound, and your hook is sharp. One agent can see a thousand submissions in a year and may only choose to represent a few of those. Your manuscript AND your query must stand above the horde.

The Darling Axe – Manuscript Development and Editing Services

First things first—make sure you sign up for an account (free or premium, the choice is yours) at This is an unbelievable database with agency contact information, agent preferences, and submission tracking. Also, don't overlook their forum! You can (and should) swap feedback with other writers about your query letter, synopsis, and more.

Here are some additional handy resources to get you started:

Writing a Synopsis 101 (Darling Axe)

Querying 101 – Ten Tips and a Template (Darling Axe)

What To Know Before You Submit: 28 Great Tips from Literary Agents (Writers Digest)

38 Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents (Writers Digest)

Agent Pet Peeves: Review These 34 Submission No-No’s Before You Query (Writers Digest)

Book Broker – A Literary Agent Interview Series

The Darling Axe has been interviewing literary agents about their personal preferences and suggestions when it comes to query letters and manuscript submissions. Their answers are very enlightening!  

Jennifer March Soloway

Ella Marie Shupe

Sharon Belcastro

Jessica Craig

Kat Kerr

Andrew Lownie

Andy Ross

Check back here for more interviews, or watch the Chopping Blog.