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Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 3d

Packy - Head Llama @nerfedllamas

The feedback I am getting on my query letter and sample writing so far has been distinctly of the non-critical “this is not for me, thanks for submitting” variety. What do you recommend for getting better critical feedback on a query? #AskAgent

Replying to @nerfedllamas

Agents read so many queries/week that most of us cannot offer feedback on a query. I always give feedback on full manuscripts, but w/ 300+ queries/month, clients to look after, & industry relationships to build (and so very much more) it's just not possible on a query. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 3d

Ken Poirier @theking4mayor

#askagent For unpublished authors seeking representation, is a book series a turn on or turn off? #amquerying

Replying to @theking4mayor

Depends on the genre and book, honestly.
In SFF I prefer books that conclude enough to stand alone but can be pitched as the first in a series. #askagent

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 4d

Mary Lou Irace @MaryLouIrace

@UweStenderPhD Hi Ewe. Saw a year old request for a book similar to mine on MSWL. Would I be a day late and a dollar short to query? Thank you!

Replying to @MaryLouIrace

Not necessarily...Trying never hurts.. but Ewe hurts when my name is Uwe. But don't lose sleep over it. I, surprisingly, won't have an identity crisis over it. I just prefer Uwe.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 4d

Jean M. Malone 🐐 @JeanMalone

@UweStenderPhD If an agent rejected a writer on a book the writer loved and still believed in, should they query with a new project? The agent might accept the new project, but does it doom the old project?

Replying to @JeanMalone

The agent does not reject the writer, just the project. So, of course, query the agent again. It does not necessarily doom the first project, but if nobody else wanted it so that you went back around for book two...it *may* not have been a masterpiece...

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 4d

Nancy Stroer @Nancy_Stroer

@UweStenderPhD Hi Dr. Stender, I'm planning to query you in a month or so, but your website doesn't include submission preferences for you. Are you closed now? Thanks!

Replying to @Nancy_Stroer

I am NEVER closed. NEVER CLOSED. And I am German, so I mean what I say. I just want the query. That is it. If you send me ten sample pages, that is fine, but I won't read them. I will either pass or ask for the full based on the query. Did I say NEVER CLOSED?

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · 4d

Courtney King Walker @ckingwalker

@UweStenderPhD What do you do when a current client sends you a new ms you're not particularly fond of? #askagent

Replying to @ckingwalker

If it is fixable, I will tell them how to fix it. If it is just awful, I will tell them it is awful and write something else.