Susan Hawk

@susanhawk

Children's Book Agent at Upstart Crow Lit, repping picture books, MG and YA. susanhawk.blogspot.com

Brooklyn

Upstart Crow Literary

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 7

Lynn Rogalsky 💻 @lynn_rog

For a NF picture book do you like to see sidebars, or prefer the information be put into back matter? Do NF PBs still run between 500-2,000 words?
#AskUpstart

Replying to @lynn_rog

Yes, that's the word count range. I prefer on the shorter end of that spectrum. Backmatter is less distracting, though I'd say that either if fine as long as it suits the material. #AskUpstart

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 7

Khadijah L. VanBrakle 🇨🇦 @LVanBrakle

Have you ever asked an author to query you over social media? Just out of the blue. Someone you've never met in person. If that happens, should the author think its abnormal? #askupstart

Replying to @LVanBrakle

I've reached out to folks (though I believe I found an email address, so didn't DM or use social media). I send a note that's very specific about why I'm reaching out and what drew me to their work. In addition, I give a bit of my background and links to more info. #AskUpstart

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 7

Lynn Rogalsky 💻 @lynn_rog

#AskUpstart I'm wondering what the limit is on the number of illustrator notes a writer can tactfully include in their manuscript? One to three notes per MS?

Replying to @lynn_rog

I don't think there's a specific number. Certain manuscripts require more, some barely need any -- it just depends. That said, don't leave one in just in case. If you can take it out without making the ms confusing, do so. #AskUpstart

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 7

Lynn Rogalsky 💻 @lynn_rog

#AskUpstart @susanhawk : Your bio says you’re looking for "some" nonfiction for children. What type of nonfiction are you looking to find from a writer?

Replying to @lynn_rog

I'm open to NF in any category for teens or children. I'd love to see NF in graphic novel form. I really want subjects and themes that haven't already been written about multiple times. I'm especially looking for diverse subjects and creators here. #AskUpstart

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 7

Cara Liebowitz @spazgirl11

If you're unclear on the feedback an agent offers on your full, is it appropriate to email back and ask for clarification? I often find when agents offer feedback I'm not entirely sure what they mean. #askupstart

Replying to @spazgirl11

Fine to email back and ask. That said, I often can't answer, due to the number of queries I receive. If I'm not offering rep, I probably need to move on. But, I don't think it's a no-no to ask. #askUpstart

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 7

Stephanie Salkin @StephanieSalkin

Is sophisticated language okay in middle grade novels? #AskUpstart

Replying to @StephanieSalkin

So hard to say without knowing specifics! but I don't think there's any problem with it, depending on what it is and what your story is about. #AskUpstart

Susan Hawk @susanhawk · Nov 7

Stephanie Salkin @StephanieSalkin

What do you think of "quiet" novels? How do you define "quiet?" #AskUpstart

Replying to @StephanieSalkin

"Quiet" isn't really defined in one way, that's in the reader's response. I do want to feel deeply connected, and pulled into a story. For me, something too quiet would fail to do that. #askUpstart