Trends in the Queries

Here’s two trends I’ve noticed when doing my queries: One) a lot of agents are using QueryManager, which is good. Online forms make it easy, make the formatting more universal. And QueryManager’s changed their interface so it’s more formlike.

Two) the agents want to know about your platform. I still can’t really explain what a platform is, but the short answer is: how many followers do you have? Do you have people following you on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Who are your fans right now? Are you on the social media 24/7 instead of writing? What kind of audience are you intending to reach? What books is your book similar to? I hate answering that last question because I so rarely read current books. I like the ones that have been proven through tests of time.

So I’ve been using examples that aren’t exactly from current authors. This is an interesting question because what do authors always tell you to do? Don’t write to trends. But then what do they ask for? Is your book similar to any existing trends? What niche can we shove this into? I don’t get agents.

Both literally and figuratively.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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