Naomi Davis

@NaomisLitPix

Agent with Inklings Literary Agency. She/Her. I giggle uncontrollably at autocorrects and movie bloopers.

Inklings Literary Agency

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Sep 12

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica

@RappyWrites I'm also tagging @NaomisLitPix, the @bookendslit fantasy queen. #askagent #MSwl

Replying to @BookEndsJessica

Querying either is fine - a good agent will want to discuss both of your projects should she be interested in offering rep. 110k isn't prohibitive in fantasy. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Sep 11

Mark Salzwedel @markdsalzwedel

#askbookends #askagent I know editors at major publishing houses, and I could pitch them myself (one liked 2 pitches, declined 2 others), but I'd like to see if I could get a better deal with more competition. Better to go with the personal relationship alone, or shoot higher?

Replying to @markdsalzwedel

Editors - even ones you know - won't take it personally when you sign an agent to help with any stage of the process. I always recommend going with an agent - we do a lot for that commission, and get a lot of details ironed out for you. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Sep 11

Meg Walker @MEWalker7

@BookEndsJessica @rejohnsonauthor Forgot to #askagent Sorry😳

Replying to @MEWalker7

Right away. "I sent you an earlier version of this project but hope you will consider it again now that I have adjusted the pacing to firmly root it in the thriller genre" or something. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Sep 11

Kristin Kisska, Author @KKMHOO

@BookEndsJessica @bookendslit @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix #askagent If an MS is a mashup of 2 genres, can you mention both in a query/pitch or stick with one? Thanks in advance!

Replying to @KKMHOO

Best for us to see one clear genre label with "elements of..." or "a thriller feel..." etc. We have to think about bookshelf positioning so having a clear genre is important. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Sep 5

Jonothan Pickering @SFFjonbob

@NaomisLitPix As someone with a professional viewpoint do you think it's more of a general trend for new fiction to be increasingly diverse or is it just the bubble of my social media timeline that makes this appear to be the case?

Replying to @SFFjonbob

Diversity is not a trend in any facet of life. Diversity is reality. Our world is diverse. Publishing is beginning to recognize that&work toward closing gap between reality & what is presented as reality in books&other forms of media. So much more work to be done, too. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 31

Swearingen Durham @SwearDurham

@BookEndsJessica @bookendslit what are your thoughts on this thread? #askagent

Replying to @SwearDurham

I believe your work will come across most authentically (& enjoyable to read) if you write what you are good at writing. Mentioning diversity in a query that is not OV isn't really necessary; it comes across as "checking boxes" rather than natural inclusivity. #AskAgent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 27

As always, just my opinions & other agents may feel differently. But if you're struggling to fit your epic fantasy into a book that appeals to traditional publishing, I hope this helps. #amwriting #amediting #amrevising #amquerying #querytip #writetip #askagent #writerslife #SFF

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 27

...readers DO expect book 2 to be Bigger & Better, so you really need to hold back some of the bigger/more intricate world elements anyway. But pretend readers will ONLY get book 1 when you write. Make it so satisfying they beg for more.
(All this applies to expansive SF, too)

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 27

If the first book is so satisfying that readers (or agents/pubs) can't WAIT to see what happens next, you'll do better than if you just use book one to foreshadow that "Bigger Things Happen." Make your first plot conclude in a satisfying way. After all...

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 27

& I'll tell you why in really practical terms: you may not get a multi-book deal.
You may get a one-book deal,&pub may need to see how that performs before investing in the series. So conclude that book, no matter how desperately you want to tell the bigger story NOW. Be patient.

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Aug 27

But your first book NEEDS TO END, and it needs to end in a totally-satisfying way, even if the story carries on afterward. It needs to appear "All could be well!" even if all will not be well. It can hint that there is a greater danger on horizon, but 1st plot must conclude.

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