#AskPSLA

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

What makes a first chapter sing? What makes it cringe? is start w/ a dream overplayed? If query stinks, do you read first ch? #askPSLA

I've read plenty of bad queries and still requested. I was a bad test taker in college. I get it. First chapter...… https://t.co/TbrAvhquSO

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

#askagent Are books with little to no romance a hard sell? #askPSLA

Nope. I constantly see agents and editors requesting friendship stories. I want to see more of them myself! #askPSLA https://t.co/8IWkG1D6dv

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

Are agents often looking for YA murder mysteries? Or thrillers #askPSLA

Absolutely. Who wouldn't want to discover the next @MikalebRoehrig ? <3 #askPSLA https://t.co/I3ccGFBtZ3

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

Many agents recommend trying to publish in lit mags first. Does this apply to YA? Any recs? Than you! #askPSLA

I think this applies more to non-fiction and literary fiction. But @novaren and @exrpan are starting a YA lit mag!… https://t.co/wAXpoObNFt

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

@ericsmithrocks What if there aren't any recent books like the one you have written?#askPSLA @ericsmithrocks @msmariavicente

You can always, always comp your book to themes in other books. Or even to voice. Remember, comps aren't just abo… https://t.co/615ErHgVok

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

My Pitch Wars MS is romantic commercial WF, but I also write YA. Will the dual focus be a hindrance in finding an agent? #askPSLA

Nope. Find an agent who wants to represent your career, and maybe is a fan of both. Though just query one at a tim… https://t.co/ouaAjQWmGG

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Nov 6

Are agents often looking for YA murder mysteries? Or thrillers #askPSLA

@Baileesg Definitely! I’d personally like to see even more of them. #askPSLA

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @msmariavicente #askPSLA #askagent Are YA books about sports hard sells? What can make one stand out?

Love YA sports books. Please see the queen of them, @MirandaKennealy . They exist, there's absolutely an audience.… https://t.co/OQbS64OWQ4

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

@ericsmithrocks Why do so many agents dislike prologues? #askPSLA

I think they are fine, as long as they don't wipe away the stakes, which they often do. IE: "Soon my world would"… https://t.co/GSemeecioC

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Nov 6

#askPSLA Are you career agents or by the book agents?

@PJMcIlvaine Career agents! #askPSLA

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

@ericsmithrocks Non-fiction I mean ☺️

@AmusedNonQueen Platform: Is the writer publishing essays or articles? Have a major blog? Regularly do speaking eng… https://t.co/cs5fKXyYae

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

What stories do you wish you were seeing in you inbox right now? #askpsla @ericsmithrocks @msmariavicente

Diverse YA about geeky, comics and video game loving kids. I want those stories so bad. #askPSLA https://t.co/5pwKYnMBuT

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Nov 6

#askPSLA Would you rep a writer from the UK?

@reynoldsauthor Yes. We represent clients all around the world! #askPSLA

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

Is meeting an author face-to-face is important for you in deciding to represent them? #askPSLA

Not at all. I still haven't met several of my authors, though I certainly hope to. The joys of the Internet.… https://t.co/LZpYO9K0c3

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

#askPSLA If the ms is fantasy ya, & the voice sometimes comes across as contemporary ya, is it okay to use a comp title that's contemporary?

Sure! If you're writing a fantasy novel with the quirky banter of a beloved contemporary author, why not? I think t… https://t.co/V1xrDykOwa

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

@ericsmithrocks How many pages will you read before rejecting the manuscript? #askPSLA @ericsmithrocks @msmariavicente

This is a great question. I try to dig in at least a few chapters. Sometimes something magic is waiting beyond the… https://t.co/lJ4hqu4wSC

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

#askPSLA What are some classic tropes that you guys like seeing, especially when done well?

Love triangles. That's right I like them, don't @ me. #askPSLA https://t.co/oldGH4uNgm

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

#askPSLA Is Contemporary still in? If so, are any of you looking for a dark YA Contemporary?

YA contemporary will always be in. Tons of it on the bestseller list. Stories set in reality are always welcome.… https://t.co/J3lIKNfWjU

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

Is it too soon to comp Star Trek: Discovery? How long should one wait after release of new titles? #askpsla

It is NEVER too soon to comp Star Trek: Discovery do it now. #askPSLA https://t.co/iYVjmBwmXK

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Nov 6

@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @msmariavicente What takes a manuscript from "this is pretty good" to "I need to repres… https://t.co/cdlSIWIIrL

It's all about voice. And if I can read the manuscript like a reader. If my agent/editing brain shuts off, I'm in.… https://t.co/VwJakmqIj8