Tip of the Week: Do not query over the phone.

This ranks up there with being queried in the bathroom or at the door to your house. Besides being annoying, it’s actually a poor decision on the author’s part. I may remember being cornered and queried, but I rarely remember the actual project pitched. This is because I am often flustered and taken by surprise. This is true of phone queries as well. When I answer the phone, I expect to talk to someone I know or a telemarketer I can blow off. When it’s an author querying, I’m thrown off my stride. I am not my witty, debonair self. I can barely put a few words together. And I’m not alone. Even the most out-going editor can be discombobulated by an unexpected verbal query. So don’t cut corners. Send a written query like everyone else.

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