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Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Rachel Greenlaw @rachelgreenlaw_

@kaitylynne13 Thanks, this has made me think I need to change my query a bit. I put an intro to the world and the fun magic stuff first- obvs a bad idea!

Replying to @rachelgreenlaw_

It's hard to merge world building with hook in a query. It's best not to bog down the query w/ world details. Try to convey these aspects through the character & their conflict rather than giving a passage strictly on it. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Bridget Grenolds @12Gidget25

@kaitylynne13 I originally thought that my novel was young adult (d/t a fairly strong introspective aspect) but was told "kids only read up." MC is just shy of 13. I've revised extensively to reduce word count for MG and the rest of the material is upper MG appropriate.

Replying to @12Gidget25

Yup, if MC is almost 13, that's MG. If writing is on the more mature side, that sounds like upper MG. Just because a story may have introspective aspect, that doesn't determine it's category. #askagent Some kids read up, some don't. As a teen, I liked reading my own age.

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13

#askagent Also, I hate seeing rhetorical questions in queries. I just want to immediately read about your book, not be quizzed on unnecessary potential themes.

Not all agents are the same, but here is the query format I love:

1st para: metadata; word count/title/genre, etc.

2nd para: Hook/1st MC intro

3rd para: Love interest/2nd MC or villain intro

4th para: Stakes & potential union of characters

5th para: Author Bio

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Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

#askagent Also, I hate seeing rhetorical questions in queries. I just want to immediately read about your book, not be quizzed on unnecessary potential themes.

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Bridget Grenolds @12Gidget25

If there is a vague hint of a classic story (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), but the writing style isn't comparable, is that something you'd want to know? (The fantasy element incorporates encounters with people who resembles the MC's world). twitter.com/kaitylynne13/sā€¦

Replying to @12Gidget25

I think you can leave this out. If it was something you'd immediately picture when hearing of OZ, like yellow road or w/e, I would say it reflects elements of Wizard of Oz. But the mirroring of life, I'd leave that for discovery on the pages. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Metra Koots @Nice2Meecha

@kaitylynne13 Ok gotcha -- trying to figure out who I should be pitching...YA is too young, not many agents specifically call out 'new adult' and then fiction agents seem like such a broad category to pitch to.

Replying to @Nice2Meecha

NA is still a hard category. Publishers don't want to touch it yet. Often, it means the work gets categorized as YA or Adult, depending on themes. I would stay away from saying "fiction agents". Anything that isn't nonfiction, is fiction. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Adam Let's-Rock-2018 Gaylord @AuthorGaylord

@kaitylynne13 How do you feel about robots? How about post-apocalyptic? How about post-roboapocalyptic?

Replying to @AuthorGaylord

I think (I HOPE!) dystopian is coming back before long. Robots could be great for that or sci-fi. However, I don't want to see another iRobot or something along those lines. I would love new robo-viewpoints! #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Metra Koots @Nice2Meecha

@kaitylynne13 Do you think Greek myths are overdone at the moment? With Percy's success and the Norse myths i.e. Thor blockbusters?

Replying to @Nice2Meecha

These are very overdone. I think there's still hope, but the plot/use of these myths has to be really unique to grab enough attention. It could be like retellings, I want to dig to see the connection b/w current story and root myth. Don't make it obvious #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Metra Koots @Nice2Meecha

@kaitylynne13 Good morning and happy new year! What would you say the cut-off is for the age of a MC when deciphering between YA and Fiction? Seems to be a lot of gray area and different opinions #askagent

Replying to @Nice2Meecha

Fiction is not an age category, so can't be compared to YA. If you're writing a YA, the character should be between 14-18. MAYBE 13, but I'd hesitate. The most popular YA character ages are 15-17. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Catherine Kraus šŸÆšŸ’› @captain_kraus

@kaitylynne13 #askagent how do you feel about paranormal elements in fantasy? Do you prefer a quick pace or a more literary pace (hope Iā€™m not cheating by asking 2 questions šŸ™ˆ)?

Replying to @captain_kraus

Depends on the story. If they're plopped in there, it's not a great look. If it's woven into the world building/culture of your fantasy, that could be awesome. I've seen great literary fantasy tones as well as commercial. #askagent I do like more mature voices, though.

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

Bridget Grenolds @12Gidget25

@kaitylynne13 Thank you for this opportunity.

How much does it hurt my query if I'm unable to make a solid comparison to an already published work?

Replying to @12Gidget25

It doesn't hurt too much. Some agents put more value on comps, others don't. It's better to give none, though, than just plop two of the most popular current books into the query. #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

I'd love to see lesser-used supernatural legends (YES, I do want to see paranormal still). New locations. Super craving Indonesia or Philippines - both in contemporary, hist fic, or urban fantasy. Fantasy worlds inspired by this, too! #askagent

Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

What am I NOT looking for?

- Thrillers, Suspense, Horror, Nonfiction, Essays, Poetry, lower MG (picture/chapter books)

- Not a big fan of heavy rape plots or physical abuse

- Also not huge into drug abuse books

- Please don't send blatant political agenda books

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Kaitlyn Johnson @kaitylynne13 · Jan 2

So, what am I looking for?

- upper MG, YA, NA, A

- Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, select Contemporary & Romance

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