Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · Feb 24

Michelle @_MitchK

@Mark_Gottlieb Do you always reply to full manuscript requests? #tmgtalks

Replying to @_MitchK

Hi Michelle, the #TMGTalks have closed until next time. Not clear on your Q. Are you asking if I always respond to queries w/ a full MS request? Then the A is yes. Hope that helps. Otherwise stop by the next #TMGTalks thread.

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · Feb 22

Dana Pringle @danapringle72

@Mark_Gottlieb #TMGtalks I've had an editor line edit my manuscript. Does it matter to an agent in a Query that the editor is credited?

Replying to @danapringle72

It's not necessary to let the agent know that a manuscript has been professionally edited. Of course, any manuscript or query letter that comes in should already be polished. #TMGTalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · Feb 22

Dana Pringle @danapringle72

@Mark_Gottlieb #TMGTalks I am a Canadian. Is it a bad idea for me to pitch to New York agents or is the international thing a non-issue?

Replying to @danapringle72

There's absolutely nothing wrong with having an international background as a new author. In fact, we have many clients from Canada! The question is more so about whether you hope to have a bigger presence is the U.S. and internationally or primarily in Canada. #TMGTalks

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 22

Holly Poe @hollypoewrites

What are editors asking for in middle grade? #TMGTalks

Replying to @hollypoewrites

More and more editors are asking for #MG fiction that addresses "tougher" issues, and are not shying away from themes that #MG novels of the past may have avoided. #TMGtalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · Feb 22

James Breakwell @XplodingUnicorn

@danapringle72 @Mark_Gottlieb Actually, I'm pretty sure he still represents zombie books...

Replying to @XplodingUnicorn

James wrote Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Granted that somehow fits within nonfiction/humor. In fiction, I’m rarely looking for zombie books unless it’s really well done. This article might help #TMGTalks m.mythcreants.com/blog/will-your…

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 22

Studio620D @studio620d

@Trident_Media #TMGTalks When looking for a literary agent, is it better to self-publish first/simultaneously, or send a query and garner interest in reading the manuscript? Thanks!!

Replying to @studio620d

It all depends on how and why you want to publish. If traditional publishing is your aim, I would suggest NOT self-publishing. Send a query and find the agent who is as passionate as you are into turning it into print. #TMGtalks

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 22

Dana Pringle @danapringle72

@abuckslater #TMGtalks When browsing the Query slush, in the world of fiction, what is grabbing you and slamming you against a wall? Does it have anything to do with a writer's background details or simply how the story description is crafted?

Replying to @danapringle72

I like queries that start with a question, either literally or figuratively. They ask: What if...? What if X does Y? Etc. It grabs me if it feels fresh and inventive. Then, I'll jump to the end of query to review the bio, but for me, it's always story first. #TMGtalks

Alex Slater @abuckslater · Feb 22

Dana Pringle @danapringle72

@abuckslater #TMGtalks Good Afternoon! Thanks much for taking my question. As an unpublished author, do I have a chance of obtaining agent representation if my first book has a follow-up?

Replying to @danapringle72

Hi! I'm a bit unclear on the question, but I think the answer is you always have a "chance" of finding the right agent, and if your book has a sequel or is the start of a series, research agents who sell those types of projects, for an even better chance. #TMGtalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · 11 Dec 2017

Nadine Avola @NadineAvola

@Trident_Media I’ve got another ☺️! When a writer signs with an agent, how in-depth are the contracts? Do they cover everything from book covers to movie deals, or do those types of contracts come later when/if that type of media comes calling? #TMGTalks

Replying to @NadineAvola

Our agency agreements are simple & fair. Looks after interests of agency & author. Usually covers length of term of representation & restates commission structure. There are All Works Term Rep agreements, Single Work Term Rep, & Print Publishing Only Term Rep agreements #TMGTalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · 11 Dec 2017

Alisha V Roy @Alisha_V_Roy

@Mark_Gottlieb What do you see as the next trend in #publishing ? #TMGTalks

Replying to @Alisha_V_Roy

It's hard to say what the next trend in book publishing will be as no one really has a crystal ball. For instance, who could have predicted 50 Shades or Harry Potter. I always believe that it's best to be making waves rather than following in the wake of others. #TMGTalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · 11 Dec 2017

Kerstin Wolf @Kerstin_Wolf

What are some good books on editing and publishing that you would recommend for someone trying to become a literary agent? #TMGTalks

Replying to @Kerstin_Wolf

In looking at my own bookshelf, I see The Chicago Manual of Style, Writer's Market 2017, LMP, Publishing for Profit, The Art of Literary Publishing, Another Life, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and a subscription to @PublishersWkly & @PublishersLunch can't hurt #TMGTalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · 11 Dec 2017

Audra McElyea @AudraMcElyea

@Mark_Gottlieb @unrealismbooks Do you think this is still true during the holidays? #TMGTalks

Replying to @AudraMcElyea

The holidays can slow things down but I've found that pitches going out to publishers this time of year is slow. The same goes for incoming submissions to literary agencies so this could actually be a good time to be submitting to literary agents who have free time! #TMGTalks

Alex Slater @abuckslater · 11 Dec 2017

Petula🇧🇧🇺🇸 @aluteprellim

What's the best thing about being in publishing in 2017 and the near future? In other words- what great changes have you recently seen or are expecting? #TMGTalks

Replying to @aluteprellim

In the children's market, it's watching and participating in a literary landscape that's both slowly and finally striving for inclusivity, diversity, and honesty in the stories being told and who gets to tell them. #TMGTalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · 11 Dec 2017

Colleen Davis @pondandwoods

Memoir: dead or alive in 2018? #TMGTalks

Replying to @pondandwoods

Memoir can be tricky since it shares qualities with fiction. Fiction relies on quality prose; nonfiction relies on an author's platform & built-in readership but sometimes a bestselling memoir can come out of nowehere! Take @JDVance1 or @CherylStrayed, for instance. #TMGTalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · 11 Dec 2017

Selena DelValle @selenadv7

When agents say it's a subjective business when rejecting a query, is that just a nicer way to say the manuscript won't sell #TMGTalks

Replying to @selenadv7

Sounds like it's an honest way of saying that in the literary agent's own opinion, they don't feel confident that they could sell it, but that another literary agent or literary agency might feel differently. #Publishing is a highly-subjective business #TMGTalks

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · 11 Dec 2017

Audra McElyea @AudraMcElyea

If a few agents have your full/partial should you send them updates if you make changes due to other agent comments/feedback? Changes are mostly sentence struc/flow/pacing type things rather than plot #TMGTalks

Replying to @AudraMcElyea

Good to have interest! Best to submit a manuscript to literary agents once you've done all that you can with it. Making changes to a manuscript already on submission could disrupt the reading process. Of course the literary agent and editor will help with edits later on #TMGTalks

Alex Slater @abuckslater · 11 Dec 2017

Tiffany Daune 🧜‍♀️ @TiffanyDaune

@abuckslater If a WIP is currently leaning toward YA, but could be adjusted to MG without losing the magic of the story, would you recommend this for today's market? #TMGTalks

Replying to @TiffanyDaune

Hi Tiffany! I think this varies project to project. #YA and #MG are separated by more than just age ranges. If it's currently leaning YA, I would follow that instinct, and then reassess after some betareads and revisions. #TMGTalks

Alex Slater @abuckslater · 11 Dec 2017

Replying to @JoyRossDavis

It's true that trends come and go. My honest opinion is that since paranormal has been cooler than in years past, it's only a matter of time until the pendulum swings back, which I think it will. #TMGTalks

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