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Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Feb 26

Take the time to play on social media, authors! Found @sam_aye_ahm through #PitMatch and #MSWL . Offered to rep her four days later.

Cosigned! Fun fact: @acthomaswrites and I first connected during an #askTBA chat on Twitter! https://t.co/9i5JXnED97

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@FatalKiss19EV Also, R&J is very much about the family feud. ELEANOR & PARK or NOBODY BUT US are also about star-crossed lovers. #askTBA

@FatalKiss19EV Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you *can’t* use R&J. Just consider your options. There may be a better fit. #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@FatalKiss19EV Right, but I’d argue that R&J is a very overused comp, and there are lots of good forbidden love stories out there! #askTBA

@FatalKiss19EV Also, R&J is very much about the family feud. ELEANOR & PARK or NOBODY BUT US are also about star-crossed lovers. #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@byobrooks My YA is contemporary, it's R&J by forbidden love, but there's no family feuds #askTBA

@FatalKiss19EV Right, but I’d argue that R&J is a very overused comp, and there are lots of good forbidden love stories out there! #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@GarveyinVenice Honestly, I disagree. I feel the current landscape has something for everyone. You just have to look! #askTBA

@GarveyinVenice 40 years ago, it was harder to find novels for teens about lots of subjects. The experience has gotten more diverse. #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@byobrooks YES. The present landscape has me mourning for a simpler time! #askTBA

@GarveyinVenice Honestly, I disagree. I feel the current landscape has something for everyone. You just have to look! #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@byobrooks Thanks! Curious: what word count would be ideal?

@authoralexis Under 1000 words, for sure. The current popular range seems to be 200-600 words. I’ve seen wordless PBs, too. #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@byobrooks Agreed. Hv struggled to find a contemp Alice/Wizard Of Oz comparison for categorization. Gaiman a likely candidate #askTBA

@GarveyinVenice There’s also @catvalente ’s GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND. Gaiman is not the only option out there. ;) #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@byobrooks WAIT -- last one...you said people get your name wrong. What do they call you?! #askTBA

@ShylaStokes “Mr. Brooks,” “Ms. Sherman,” “Ms. Brooks,” “Brook,” “Agent,” “Paul Rudd”… #askTBA

Heather Flaherty @HeddaFlaherty · Aug 3 2015

#askTBA If a writer really cooked your goose in the past, how long is your memory?

@dionnalmann mine's long… but i'm forgiving. ;-) #AskTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

#askTBA If a writer really cooked your goose in the past, how long is your memory?

@dionnalmann If they were rude and antagonistic? My memory is long. If they made a simple mistake but learned from it? We’re good. #askTBA

Heather Flaherty @HeddaFlaherty · Aug 3 2015

#askTBA How much do you see the other agents in the agency? Is most of your work done online, etc? How much do you all talk in real life?

@GregAndree71 lol! lots. #AskTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

#askTBA Does a modern-day Romeo & Juliet meets Bonnie & Clyde YA sound like a good book for the current market?

@FatalKiss19EV For me, it depends on the story. Your pitch is decent, although I’d pick a more contemporary comp than R&J! #askTBA

Heather Flaherty @HeddaFlaherty · Aug 3 2015

#askTBA Does a modern-day Romeo & Juliet meets Bonnie & Clyde YA sound like a good book for the current market?

@FatalKiss19EV yes. #AskTBA

Heather Flaherty @HeddaFlaherty · Aug 3 2015

#askTBA After receiving a full mss request, how long do you recommend waiting before sending a follow-up email? #askagent #askeditor

@AngelaMyron It takes a while to get through our reading lists. 4-6 wks, and then you may get a response back needing more time. #AskTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@byobrooks Is there a market for middle grade witch stories right now? #askTBA

@broodforthought Definitely. Many agents (including me) want these. #askTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@byobrooks Is there a preferred word count for MG fantasy? #askTBA

@GATaylor3 It can have a higher word count than other MG stories. I’d say 50K-65K works for me. #askTBA

Heather Flaherty @HeddaFlaherty · Aug 3 2015

@PandaChronicle OHMYGODOHMYGOD. I LOVE PANDAS! Want graphic novel with Pandas! #AskTBA

@PandaChronicle That said, graphic novels are tough… they're specific tastes that take them on and can be pricy to print. #AskTBA

Brooks Sherman @byobrooks · Aug 3 2015

@GarveyinVenice Sure, but it’s also hard to categorize books that were published before the categories/genres were established. #askTBA

@GarveyinVenice For example, earlier YA novels, like CATCHER IN THE RYE and THE OUTSIDERS, don’t always adhere to today's YA market. #askTBA

Heather Flaherty @HeddaFlaherty · Aug 3 2015

#askTBA what is the MG graphic novel interest these days? Maybe something with pandas.

@PandaChronicle OHMYGODOHMYGOD. I LOVE PANDAS! Want graphic novel with Pandas! #AskTBA