Flo✴ho✴ho✴illustrator @Flo_illustrator@mollykh Your profile says "closed to submissions." So I'm genuinely, respectfully curious how it works? So many agents and publishers say they don't accept new work.
I had to take a break to catch up on reading/editing client manuscripts and working through the mss. I'd already requested. I'm only closed for a couple of months, hoping to open back up in January. #askTBA
K.C. Cobble @kc_cobbleLastly, are writing styles/voices such as those found in the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman or The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis considered outdated, or are they still relevant as long as the story is compelling? #askTBA
You mean brilliant, timeless writing? I think that's always in style. #askTBA
Shelly Steig @shellysteigIf a pitch is bypassed during a contest, is it useful to cold query afterwards? #asktba
Absolutely. I can only speak for myself, but I haven't had time to look at any contests this fall. #askTBA
heidi heilig @heidiheiligI am such a one! #asktba twitter.com/mollykh/status…
I cite your query all the time! It was such a good one -- AND it felt very personal, like you'd done your research and had a reason for querying ME. Hard to pull off! #askTBA
MAKAYLA SOPHIA @makayla_sophiaWhat should a writer include in their bio in their query if they don’t have previous writing credentials? Is mentioning you are active in the writing / reading community online okay? #askTBA
Yes definitely. I have written about this before on the blog. Also talk about relevant life experience as it relates to your book. #asktba
Sabina Lamarca @sabinalamarca#askTBA Any trope you're particularly fond of and usually don't mind seeing in your inbox?
I don’t know if these are tropes exactly but I like sisters, twins, islands, rich people doing terrible things, #asktba
William CouldBeWriting @WordsWriteWill@louisefury @mollykh @HeddaFlaherty @ALMichael_ For the sake of curiosity, would bullet points be easier/faster for you? Or does the writing style of the query itself enter into your decision as well?
The voice is very important to me. Bullet points of your plot elements won't work for me. #askTBA
Jen F @jennyleeSDHi #askTBA, I have the same question as Jamie. When can I assume it's a no and query someone else? twitter.com/JamiePacton/st…
No response to nudges after six months? You can query someone else. #asktba
MAKAYLA SOPHIA @makayla_sophiaCan you see “dead” genres breaking out again? Such as YA paranormal or YA dystopia. #askTBA
Trends go in cycles. Never say never but I wouldn't want to predict a time when YA PNR or dystopian fiction is all the rage again. #askTBA
Melissa Tomas @MelissaTomas6#askTBA Hi ladies of the Bent agancy, when is the appropriate time to adopt a pen name, during the query faze, or after you've been accepted?
Your agent needs to know your real name. Your pseudonym doesn't really come into play until you have a publisher. #askTBA
K.C. Cobble @kc_cobbleIs it encouraged, discouraged, or inconsequential to mention you have attended a writing retreat in your query? Should you name specific places/author mentors? #askTBA
I like knowing those things! How you're developing your craft interests me. #askTBA
Shayna Grissom @ShaynaGrissomI'll ask because I haven't seen it yet, #askTBA. What is your #MSWL at the moment?
I'm closed to queries and hope to open in January and will post a MSWL then. Right now my wishlist is just to finish reading the full mss. I've requested! #askTBA
Noah Reese @Noah_Reese_Does the current market influence your decision to represent a novel? #asktba
It can... certain genres and themes can flood a market and make it hard to sell a book. Like YA Dystopian, or YA Paranormal books that surged a few years ago - made those topics difficult to sell due to the sheer number out there. #askTBA
Heather Flaherty @HeddaFlaherty@ALMichael_ I jump around. I skim the beginning of the query to get the list, pop down to the sample to see the writing, then possibly back up to the query to understand in more detail the storyline. #askTBA
This describes me pretty well, too! #askTBA
A. L. Michael @ALMichael_What order do you read subs in- synopsis or sample first? #asktba
I jump around. I skim the beginning of the query to get the list, pop down to the sample to see the writing, then possibly back up to the query to understand in more detail the storyline. #askTBA