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Lucienne Diver @LucienneDiver · Aug 13 2015

Is YA high fantasy a hard sell? I never thought it was, but some agents seem to turn away. Others have grabby-hands! #askTBA

.@Dani_NicoleYA #askTKA I'd consider it. Yes, it can be a tough sell, but anything amazing is worth the work.

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

In a query letter, is it relevant or valuable to mention any speaking experience? (Panelist at a sci-fi con, etc) #askTKA

@KatanaPen It doesn’t affect opinion of writing, but does show you have potential readers/platform/marketing angle. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is it rude to query multiple agents (different agencies) at once? #askTKA

@KatanaPen Nothing worse than finishing a manuscript you love only to learn writer accepted rep from someone else 2 weeks earlier. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is it rude to query multiple agents (different agencies) at once? #askTKA

@KatanaPen We expect you to. Just inform agents who ask to see something if others have partials/fulls, and keep everyone updated. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is TKA a strictly romance agency? It is helpful to learn the differences when querying lol thank you #AskTKA

@fashionnovelist No, we represent many genres outside of romance, incl. young adult, middle grade, fantasy, mystery, various nonfic #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

@NepheleTempest it does seem like an investment. Plus, the publisher has in-house editors too, correct?

@KatanaPen Correct. Your editor will edit for story, and then production will have copy editor go over before pub. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Would it be considered New Adult if the book features a married 20 year old struggling with her decision? #AskTKA

@fashionnovelist Could be. Hard to put books into genre sometimes based on one sentence. Could be mainstream, too. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

When it comes to writing in multiple genres or for diff. age groups, would one agent represent all work? Is that troublesome? #askTKA

@KatanaPen Depends on agent. Most prefer to rep all your work. If they don’t rep one area, will rec someone for rest. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is there really a 90-100k wordcount limit for first novels in SFF? If it's a soft constraint, how significant is wordcount? #askTKA

@lbrothers Longer books mean a dollar or two higher price point, & can be difference btwn reader trying new author or not. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is there really a 90-100k wordcount limit for first novels in SFF? If it's a soft constraint, how significant is wordcount? #askTKA

@lbrothers There are always exceptions. SFF gets a bit more leeway in word count due to world building. But need fab story/writing. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

If you self-publish a novel on Kindle will that hinder or accentuate your request for representation? #askTKA

@fashionnovelist When you self pub you give yourself sales history. If your numbers are bad, can hinder process. If good, can help. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

#askTKA Do queries need a personal touch aka why I'm querying them over other agents?

@alyshabeers Not absolutely necessary but it’s always nice. Makes you stand out a bit, shows you’ve done research on agents. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is there a place for tragic romance? #askTKA

@fashionnovelist Not in the romance genre itself — there you need happily ever after. But women’s fiction can have tragic end. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is it helpful or necessary to have a manuscript professionally edited (after one's own revisions) before submitting to an agent? #askTKA

@KatanaPen So pro edit before submission is really your call. Best for writers who learn from the process and carry it forward. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is it helpful or necessary to have a manuscript professionally edited (after one's own revisions) before submitting to an agent? #askTKA

@KatanaPen If someone’s had pro editing prior to submitting and I get them a three book deal, what will book 2 look like? #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Is it helpful or necessary to have a manuscript professionally edited (after one's own revisions) before submitting to an agent? #askTKA

@KatanaPen I’m seeing this more and more. I’m on the fence. I want great, polished work, but also to see what the author can do. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

My mythology based fantasy is 128k words. I don't think it meanders. Too long anyway? #askTKA

@noapaulag Always too long if you think it meanders, regardless of word count. But 128K also on long side for new author. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

#askTKA If you ask for a Revise &Resubmit, does how long the writer takes to implement changes affect your decision?

@JustThrashTalk It can, if you turn a major revision around way too fast, or take years on something small. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

Does it hinder your chances of getting rep for a future novel if you pubbed your first book through a small pub? #AskTKA

@carareinard Absolutely not. Lots of writers get their start with a smaller publisher & pub credits are always good. #AskTKA

Nephele Tempest @NepheleTempest · Aug 13 2015

@KnightAgency If an agency doesn't list your genre among their current clients is it a good idea to query them or should you pass? #AskTKA

@AnnFeinstein01 Don’t always have current clients in every genre we rep. Try checking sub guidelines on site/ask on Twitter. #AskTKA