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JohnnyGottaKeyboard
06-20-2012, 01:52 AM
RESURRECTED To add a Follow-Up Question down at Post #12 -- Thanks to anyone who has the answer!

I have a query letter that describes the story etc., but, for a particular agent, I am considering adding the following credit (obviously, it would only apply to that particular agent):

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I am the author of two published works, <TITLE ONE> and <TITLE TWO>, as well as a third novel scheduled for release in September of this year. My debut novel as well as the forthcoming novel are both published by <PUBLISHER>, who has also published two novels by your client <CLIENT'S NAME>. In fact, <CLIENT'S NAME> penned a review of my debut novel for the website <REVIEW SITE NAME>.
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Obviously, everything in the <>s will be replaced with actual words, but I wanted to be candid.

Is that considered acceptable? Is it too much? Will it help at all? Could it hurt?

Thanks!

Becca C.
06-20-2012, 03:07 AM
It sounds great to me.

triceretops
06-20-2012, 03:15 AM
Nothing wrong with that.

tri

Susan Littlefield
06-20-2012, 05:34 AM
I think it sounds great, but I am a little confused as to why you would not mention your publishing credits (minus the personalized client connection) in every query letter you sound out? Have two published titles and one in the works sounds like excellent credits to mention.

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
06-20-2012, 06:11 AM
I think it sounds great, but I am a little confused as to why you would not mention your publishing credits (minus the personalized client connection) in every query letter you sound out? Have two published titles and one in the works sounds like excellent credits to mention.
Oh, I will mention them, I was more concerned about the "your client" business. The generalized letter has the line: "I am the author of two published works, <TITLE ONE> and <TITLE TWO>, as well as a third novel scheduled for release in September of this year."

katci13
06-20-2012, 06:26 AM
It all sounds great, except for the last line. That sounds a little too much in my opinion. But if you want it there, by all means put it in, it's your letter. But yeah, the rest of it sounds great.

Susan Littlefield
06-20-2012, 11:32 PM
Oh, I will mention them, I was more concerned about the "your client" business. The generalized letter has the line: "I am the author of two published works, <TITLE ONE> and <TITLE TWO>, as well as a third novel scheduled for release in September of this year."

Cool beans. It sounds like you've had some wonderful successes.

MrsBrommers
06-21-2012, 01:26 AM
The publishing credits are great to mention, but I am also a little leery of name-dropping the client that reviewed your work. It could be construed as the client's endorsement of your work or a referral, which the client may or may not be okay with. You might want to contact the client before name-dropping him/her in the query like that. Just a thought.

Becca C.
06-21-2012, 02:02 AM
The publishing credits are great to mention, but I am also a little leery of name-dropping the client that reviewed your work. It could be construed as the client's endorsement of your work or a referral, which the client may or may not be okay with. You might want to contact the client before name-dropping him/her in the query like that. Just a thought.

This is a good point I didn't even think about -- do you really have to say "[blah] Press, which published titles by your client"? The agent probably sold those titles, so they'll know the publisher you're talking about. You probably don't even have to mention the client's name at all.

Zeddo
06-21-2012, 02:36 AM
I think it's fine to mention the client's name and draw attention to the website comments. The client posted the review, so presumably intended to publicly recognize the writer's ability. IMO, anything that makes the agent aware that a successful client is impressed with the writer's previous work can only be positive.

dclary
06-21-2012, 10:27 PM
I would only use the first half of that:

I am the author of two published works, <TITLE ONE> and <TITLE TWO>, as well as a third novel scheduled for release in September of this year. My debut novel as well as the forthcoming novel are both published by <PUBLISHER>.

But I think it's personal preference. Many agents I know say a paragraph with some credits can only help a query -- it shows them that other people have said "yes" too.

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
09-11-2013, 04:14 AM
So, a follow up question...years later.

How do you format the titles of previously published works in a query letter for a new work? I know the new ms's title is ALL CAPS. Are the titles of the previously published works also ALL CAPS?

OctoberLee
09-11-2013, 04:40 AM
I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me will chime in here, but I think the whole point of the caps is to draw attention to the book you want to SELL... I would guess italics would work for previously published books. .

Siri Kirpal
09-11-2013, 06:15 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

I was told by a reputable NY editor to use italics, not CAPS for past work.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
09-11-2013, 06:59 AM
Thanks to you both. That seemed like the logical choice to me as well. I do worry for email queries how consistently italics carries across different email software...But italics it shall be!

DennisB
09-12-2013, 02:31 AM
I guess I'm behind the curve here. You are published and are about to be published again, but you're looking for an agent?

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
09-12-2013, 03:40 AM
Um...Yes?

I doubt it's unprecedented or even uncommon. There are many presses you can sub to without an agent. I do not expect my credits will give me much of a leg up (in fact, here's a blog post of Nathan Bradford's (http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/09/previously-published-authors.html)about how it can actually hurt my chances), but any interested agent is sure to find out I've had three books published, so I figure it's best to be upfront!

J.Reid
09-12-2013, 06:33 AM
All book titles are in caps. Magazine names are in italics. Article titles are enclosed in quotes.

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
09-12-2013, 09:17 AM
Thanks J. But just to be sure I understand you: all four titles should be in ALL CAPS (new ms title + 3 previously published novel titles)?

J.Reid
09-15-2013, 05:53 PM
Yes.

CrastersBabies
09-15-2013, 09:23 PM
I use italics. I pretty much use same format as I do on my C.V. for publications which seems to be close to APA/MLA citation format. But that's me. Never had an issue with it. I only use prior publications relevant to the genre I'm submitting, though, unless it's won an award of some kind.

isitkind
09-17-2013, 03:33 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

I was told by a reputable NY editor to use italics, not CAPS for past work.l

Thank you, that is helpful