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Gemma Cooper @gemma_cooper · 13h

#picture #book wow, that's lot of #words now days. But good to know https://t.co/DRl5wivKay

@ywrite that is just for non-fiction bios. For fiction, I prefer less than 600 words #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn @mollykh · 13h

#askTBA who would be most interested in YA high fantasy?

@PendantTrilogy I love high fantasy. But I'm picky about it! #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

Can a YA novel told using text messages, Emojis, & vlog excerpts to connect 3 diverse stories sell? #askTBA

@mina_middy I like that idea but would also want to see some straight prose in there. #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn @mollykh · 13h

An agent said writers are "soaking their queries." What is that? #askTBA

@Kathyjoycewrite I have no idea! Tell me if you find out. #askTBA

Gemma Cooper @gemma_cooper · 13h

@gemma_cooper Should you specify WHY? For ex I'm thinking of using THUG as a comp but for the bi-cultural/ identity element not POC/ BLM

@jfbeacom you can if a simple line, but really comps shouldn't need overexplaining. That is the point of them #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

Do most agents prefer to know the title and word count at the beginning of a query or to jump into the hook/pitch? #askTBA

@Cmiller61408 the order doesn’t matter so much as just including it in general. #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn @mollykh · 13h

@jennybent #askTBA Your opinions on authors asking for more information on rejections? I know it's generally frowned upon, curious about TBA

@WaywardSoup I just don't have time. I get 100+ queries/week, and client work has to take precedence. #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

Any tips on writing a strong / excellent query?thanks #askTBA

@RebaKhatun do a search on our blog, we did a few posts on this. #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

@beth_phelan Ok. Thanks. Any tips on a strong query?thanks #askTBA

@RebaKhatun @beth_phelan we did a few examples of great query letters on our blog. #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

While this can vary, what grabs you in a query? Is it the MC's problem, the conflict or plot/hook, or is it genre specific? #askTBA

@KSekouM it really does vary. What really grabs me is good writing, unique plot, strong hook, great title. #askTBA

Gemma Cooper @gemma_cooper · 13h

Should a picture book pitch reveal the ending? #askTBA

@cjfriess doesn't need to. Can end on question, or note of uncertainly. The job of a pitch is to spark interest #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn @mollykh · 13h

#asktba if WIP is part of a potential series, do we include that in the pitch letter? Do we need to include an outline of the series?

@teresatranbooks Mention in the query, but no need to include outline of future books—if the agent likes the ms., they'll ask #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

@RebaKhatun rudeness and complaining about the industry always puts me off. What I love is a good X meets X comp line #askTBA

Me too. #askTBA https://t.co/FrQ7yNfxGs

Molly Ker Hawn @mollykh · 13h

Whose most interested in finding a middle-eastern historical fantasy at the agency? #askTBA

@SeeSaraScribe I would love to see one! #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

#askTBA Do you research an author's social media and Amazon rankings before reading a submission?

@rlmerrillauthor No but I do after I’ve read and if I’m interested in offering rep. #askTBA

Gemma Cooper @gemma_cooper · 13h

Any tips on writing a strong / excellent query?thanks #askTBA

@RebaKhatun but also, a good comp one liner. [title] is X meets X. That always gets my attention #askTBA

Jenny Bent @jennybent · 13h

#askTBA what do you look for in a MC?

@writerlady2017 I like feisty, sassy MCs. #askTBA

Brooks Sherman 📚+✊ @byobrooks · 13h

#askTBA Is there any chance for YA stories that explore conflicts about sex and religion?

@adanawashington Yes! No topics (in my opinion) should be off limits. It's all in how you approach the topic. #askTBA

Gemma Cooper @gemma_cooper · 13h

Any tips on writing a strong / excellent query?thanks #askTBA

@RebaKhatun This blog might help https://t.co/NQgT6hAwIP #askTBA