Alison Weiss @alioop7 · 5d

Alison Weiss @alioop7

@LMMorgan_1 Agents have access to all houses as long as they track down contacts. It's generally fairly easy for them to get that either through networking group, colleagues, Publishers Marketplace, etc. #askkidlit

Replying to @alioop7

Even so, it can take a while to get your first sales. It's good to be careful--shmagents are an real thing, and looking at sales is one way to figure that out--but there are other indicators to tell new agents apart from those who may not be legit. #askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Oct 10

Dvorah 🌾 @GoldenSong012

@alioop7 Whew, I saw something that said "you can't do [fantasy] right in under 80k" and basically that they wouldn't even look if the wordcount was too low and got worried

Replying to @GoldenSong012

That's just silly. A book needs to be the number of words it needs to be, and though there are general averages, some books are longer, some shorter. It's all in the story. #askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Oct 5

Alison Weiss @alioop7

@roxannelambie I leave the ultimate decision up to my authors, but I generally discourage it. Here's why. Many schools and libraries won't buy your MG if there's cursing. You've cut your market. #askkidlit

Replying to @alioop7

Scholastic Clubs and Fairs and Follet Fairs are selling to schools. They probably won't take your book if there's content. Now we've cut off a subrights avenue.

It's absolutely up to the author, but these are important considerations to weigh.

#askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Oct 5

Roxanne Lambie @roxannelambie

@alioop7 What is the general consensus on cursing in MG? What is too much? Do agents/editors tend to shy away from it?

Replying to @roxannelambie

I leave the ultimate decision up to my authors, but I generally discourage it. Here's why. Many schools and libraries won't buy your MG if there's cursing. You've cut your market. #askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Sep 28

Chris Bedell @ChrisBedell

@alioop7 Do you think close third person point of view is better for a YA novel that has a lot of imagery +atmospheric setting or can first person point of view still work (only one point of view either way)? #askkidlit

Replying to @ChrisBedell

I think it's dependent on the project. There's no hard and fast rule when it comes to POV. It's whatever is best working for that particular ms.

If it isn't working or you're having doubts, take a chapter and switch it. See how it feels.

#askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Sep 13

Carol Nissenson @nissenson

@alioop7 I've had some very nice rejections that have complimented my writing, execution, and concept, but say "I didn't fall in love with it." What makes you fall in love with a story?

Replying to @nissenson

Oh, that's the heart of publishing's subjectivity, isn't it? For me, it's a marriage of character, intriguing plot, and voice. But, even then, I have to weigh if I think it's salable and how I convince others of that. #askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Aug 25

Alison Weiss @alioop7

@BrodyLee8 This is America! Violence rarely raises eyebrows. #askkidlit (Yes, that's a criticism of our society. . . .)

Replying to @alioop7

That being said, it really depends on the age level. I've read some exceedingly disturbing content in YA that was fine. I wouldn't want to scar younger readers, but execution matters, too. #askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Aug 16

Alison Weiss @alioop7

@AlexTveit My answer is a little more nuanced than that. if you feel you don't need the services of an agent (eg. contacts, reviewing contracts, project and career development, problem solving), and the editor is open to submissions, then it's okay to go direct. #askkidlit

Replying to @alioop7

As an editor, I like having an agent in the mix, because they're another brain on the team. They handle the business dealings so I can have a creative relationship with my authors. But it has to be right for the author and their needs. #askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Aug 16

Alex Tveit @AlexTveit

@alioop7 Going directly to the editor. (If your answer would be to go through an agent, that is of course an answer in itself :) ) #askkidlit

Replying to @AlexTveit

My answer is a little more nuanced than that. if you feel you don't need the services of an agent (eg. contacts, reviewing contracts, project and career development, problem solving), and the editor is open to submissions, then it's okay to go direct. #askkidlit

Alison Weiss @alioop7 · Aug 13

Alison Weiss @alioop7

@KG_Mach I heard scifi is about to have its moment, but we've been saying that for FOREVER! There's a graphic novel boom right now. Still strong female characters. #askkidlit

Replying to @alioop7

I don't think we've had clear trends like the fever around paranormal or dystopian in a while. We keep trying to pin the trends down, but it's been murkier in recent years. #askkidlit

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