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Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

This may be a dumb question. But I often hear "epic" fantasy and high "fantasy". Is there a difference? #askLDA

.@idreamofweird Very similar. Epic maybe a little bigger in scope. Doesn't matter much. #asklda

J. Johnson-Blalock @JJohnsonBlalock · Oct 1 2015

@JJohnsonBlalock Do you have a preferred proposal or query format? It seems to vary widely after doign some research... #askLDA

.@dustiarab Format matters less than content in general. And I'd work with author on proposal format. #askLDA

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

What would you suggest for an epic MS with lots of moving pieces? I find it difficult to pinpoint a main idea for a good query. #asklda

.@fashionnovelist Focus on 3 main characters. One paragraph on each; hint at how stories come together. That's how I pitch epics. #asklda

J. Johnson-Blalock @JJohnsonBlalock · Oct 1 2015

@JJohnsonBlalock Do you have a preferred proposal or query format? It seems to vary widely after doign some research... #askLDA

.@dustiarab For query, focus on the project--why you queried may go up top but bio etc. at bottom. Doesn't matter too much though. #asklda

J. Johnson-Blalock @JJohnsonBlalock · Oct 1 2015

.@fashionnovelist Yep, it's partly having a great book and partly luck. #asklda

.@hannahnpbowman @fashionnovelist Yeah I don't think anyone can predict that kind of word-of-mouth publicity explosion build. #AskLDA

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

. @hannahnpbowman Thoughts on whether superhero novels making a kind of appearance/comeback? Like Sanderson's STEELHEART? #asklda

@darci_cole I like them, but the worldbuilding has to be fantastic. Just "superhero" isn't enough. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

Are big first time authors like Stephanie Meyers a product of perfect timing as far as market trends? #asklda

.@fashionnovelist Yep, it's partly having a great book and partly luck. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

#AskLDA Is there anything particular on your #MSWL right now?

.@sebastian_lk I would also be up for a really brilliant historical (medieval mystery etc.) or gorgeous literary fantasy. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

@hannahnpbowman #asklda if someone already has published a story but is still seeking rep would you consider them?

.@LexiMorgan26 It's almost impossible to sell a published work, even self-published. Don't publish if you want representation. #asklda

J. Johnson-Blalock @JJohnsonBlalock · Oct 1 2015

.@SeeSaraScribe I usually schedule because I'm a planner. Not true for all agents. #AskLDA

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

@hannahnpbowman @LynnTiffanie Silly question: how do you tell if you are writing YA? One of my beta readers thought I was, I didn't. #asklda

.@waidr @LynnTiffanie If you don't think you're writing YA, you're not. It's all about teen voice. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

.@SeeSaraScribe I always set up calls ahead of time. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

…mostly the problem is new book isn't something I love enough. #asklda

J. Johnson-Blalock @JJohnsonBlalock · Oct 1 2015

.@KKMHOO None of us are no-response-means-no. If no answer, follow up to make sure query wasn't lost. #asklda

.@hannahnpbowman @KKMHOO A month-ish is probably a good general guideline for agents at large. But yes, we respond to all queries. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

Questions about word count, low sales track on previous books: honestly, won't matter if I LOVE the book. But… #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

.@SeeSaraScribe …then after signing I do an editorial read and write notes. Can take a couple of weeks depending on other work #asklda

J. Johnson-Blalock @JJohnsonBlalock · Oct 1 2015

@hannahnpbowman Learning a lot reading the #asklda tag! Question: How does one choose which agents/agencies to query?

.@AustenLionheart @hannahnpbowman Internet! Look at agency websites, google agents to read interviews, check out our tweets. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

.@SeeSaraScribe I start editorial notes right away (as soon as I can). Usually have notes in mind from first read-through… #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

.@KKMHOO None of us are no-response-means-no. If no answer, follow up to make sure query wasn't lost. #asklda

Hannah Bowman @hannahnpbowman · Oct 1 2015

.@KOsbornSullivan A new pen name can help with low previous sales; that's something to work out with your agent. #asklda