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#NoDAPL Townsend @sztownsend81 · 3d

Also to anyone who doesn't like or agree with my #askagent answers, that's totally okay. You can have different opinions about writing style

#NoDAPL Townsend @sztownsend81 · 3d

I've gotten some aggressive "do you represent men" #askagent questions lately.

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben In YA, do you look for more descriptive "flowery" writing, or more clean-cut, straight-to-action writing? #askagent

.@KCQuinnBooks I don’t like flowery. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben #askagent Have a book about to come out via small trad. press. Should I query in usual method but with that info?

@PaigeLChristie Why not? #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Prev pubbed (11books, 2 awards) but side-lined by car accident. Should I should explain my absence when querying? #askagent

.@authorRosemaryS Why not? #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Do you prefer novels to belong in one genre or are you OK with genre-blending novels? #askagent

.@WF_writerEM I prefer one genre, but only because it’s an easier sell. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

.@TheEricRuben Do you see any advantage going with a NYC rep over a rep located elsewhere? Is there a NYC effect? #askagent

.@Dr_VanHorn If any, it’s that I can have meetings with NY editors more easily. But phones and emails are equalizers. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben #askagent Are you seeing any popular subject trends in your submissions?

.@cindy1408 Still getting lots of dystopian. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Wouldn't you be able to see if overwritten from sample pages? Read many debut long novels tightly written #askagent

.@marcocult Sometimes people send great first chapter and then full MS doesn’t work. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben As an aspiring fiction writer of a certain age, should I be concerned about ageism in publishing? Is it a barrier? #askagent

.@SKS_words What would you do. Change your age? Be YOU! #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben as a first time author should I focus more on beta readers? #askagent

.@KSekouM I’d have them, but only ones I trust who put egos aside. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben When do you think you will be CLOSED to submissions? :) #askagent

.@KCQuinnBooks Not for the foreseeable future. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Do "upmarket" and "book club" work for you as genre descriptors? #askagent

.@sarafinn11 No. Too vague. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

.@DenizBevan I like series pitches but not if other books already self dubbed. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

What works best for querying a story with multiple POVs? Focus on one MC or a central storyline? #askagent

.@Imaginarialist I don’t mind multi POV if handled well. See @SuzBrockmann ’s Troubleshooter series. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

.@TheEricRuben I want Trad. pub & I want an agent rep. But I can sub to @skyponypress & others w/o agent. Benefit of rep by agent? #askagent

.@Dr_VanHorn A partner with experience and expertise. In joy case also a lawyer. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Are you open to repping writers outside the US - as in, on the other side of the world? #askagent

.@yesitshanna Absolutely. I’ve done it. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben do you feel the market is soon to be saturated with stories that depict our own political plight in this country?#askagent

.@hagerjm10 No idea. But lots of nonfat re: politics already out there. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben #askagent You seem to prefer a generally low manuscript length (never above 100K or whereabouts) any reason why? Thanks!

@marcocult Because people generally over write. Pacing suffers. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Struggling w/ polish. worth it to invest in partials/full editing from editor, or will agents expect an issue or 2? #askagent

.@KSekouM depends on the issue. Also, not all editors worth the $. #askagent