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TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Aug 11

Reader question: Should I self-publish my picture books in audio? #AskAgent…

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Jul 14

How and where should I put together my online portfolio as an author-illustrator? #AskAgent #kidlit…

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Jul 11

Reader question: How many clients does an agent have, on average? - #AskAgent #amquerying…

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · May 22

Reader question: How do I submit my dummy as an author-illustrator? #AskAgent…

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Apr 13

Amanda Jackson @Amanda2Jackson

@TracyMarchini I've read writers shouldn't query editors before agents because agents are turned off by a writer with mss that have already been turned down. While that makes sense to me, I'm curious how important you think that is...? #askagent

#askagent It's not that we're turned off by a rejection, but we can't reshop it to a house that's already seen it, even if another editor at that house may have been another fit. If it's been seen by a bunch of editors already, our hands are tied in what we can do.

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Apr 13

Kelsey Lasher @KelseyLasher

@TracyMarchini If an agent has rejected your manuscript, is it appropriate to query them with a different manuscript in the future? Thanks so much! #askagent

Replying to @KelseyLasher

Yep - plenty of authors don't end up with representation on the first book they query, and so it's not unusual to query the same agent for a few different projects over a period of time #askagent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Apr 13

Stephanie Lau @StephLauBooks

@TracyMarchini We often hear that agents must fall in love with both the written work and the art. If you're a picture book author, but you're not sure if your art is ready... is it best to represent yourself as author only (& figure out the rest later) or as an author/illustrator? #askagent

Replying to @StephLauBooks

If you don't think the art is ready and you're not wedded to the idea of illustrating all of your own books, then I would just query as an author first. You don't want someone to reject the whole package b/c of the art when they might have loved your words. #askagent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Apr 13

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica

@ACArthur One thing I've found is agents often represent a broader range of genres than authors, even their own clients often know. #askagent

Replying to @BookEndsJessica

Good point - can't assume that the agent doesn't rep this new genre, or wouldn't be interested in going out with this book with the help of colleagues, etc. #askagent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Apr 13

AC Arthur @ACArthur

#askagent If you make an offer to represent an author for one genre and then the author writes a book in a genre that you don't rep, what would you advise author do with that story?

Replying to @ACArthur

That'd be a discussion with your agent about the genre change and what you'd like to do with your career long-term. It might mean two agents (e.g. one for adult, one for children's) or it might mean you're not a great fit if you want to switch entirely #askagent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Mar 21

Stacey Breaux @StaySeeBro

@LCCchildrenbook @TracyMarchini Wow. Thank you for this. May I ask, what about lines from poetry?

Replying to @StaySeeBro

Unless the poem is in the public domain, you'd probably have to seek permission as well. A line from a poem could be considered a significant portion of the text. #AskAgent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Mar 21

Catherine Klug @catherineklug

#AskAgent, guys I'm just curious... I've got a story that could fall well under the #OwnVoices category, but I am not an "own voice" so to speak. Are you still interested in seeing it if your #mswl says you're looking for stuff like it?

#amwriting #amquerying #WritersLifeChat

Replying to @catherineklug

I'm not sure how this could be true - "own voice" means you're writing from an underrepresented perspective that you yourself have lived (e.g. an author with OCD writes a character who has OCD). If that's not the case, then it's not 'own voices.' #AskAgent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Mar 21

A. L. Stone @alstonewrites

Can you secure an agent with a WIP? #askagent #amquerying #amwritingfantasy

Replying to @alstonewrites

99.9 times out of 100, the answer is no. There's too much competition - especially in fantasy - to query with anything other than the finished piece. #askagent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · Mar 19

Valerie Norris @ValerieANorris

I queried a number of agents about a novel, then realized the story was vastly better if I deleted the beginning. Have I ruined my chances with those agents? #askagent

Replying to @ValerieANorris

You can withdraw and resubmit through QueryManager if you subbed to BookEnds and the agent hasn't responded yet - but in general it doesn't sound like enough would have changed to re-query those agents that have already declined. #askagent