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Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 5d

E.C. Farrell @celiselott

@NaomisLitPix Almost six months. I've heard that's the appropriate time to follow up, but I've also heard sometimes agents don't want you to follow up? I know agents are busy.

Replying to @celiselott

Six months is plenty appropriate for a followup. I personally say three months, but you're correct that many agents have specific guidelines on their websites. If there are no followup guidelines, do send a polite inquiry. Worst that can happen is a no. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 5d

Frostrunes @FrostruneDragon

#askagent I've been thinking of writing a Portal/High Fantasy but I'm seeing several agents actively stating they don't want portal stories. Is Portal Fantasy anathema now?

Replying to @FrostruneDragon

Like any fantasy right now, if you're going to write something that has been done successfully in the past, make sure you break the mold and approach it from a wildly new angle, or twist the rules. Every agent has diff preferences. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 5d

Kritika Rao @kritika_rao

They say if you aren't getting requests for partials/fulls, problem is your query not book. But what if *some* agents said, send us another ms you have or specifically said in their rejection that they liked the pitch but you still don't get asked for partials or fulls? #askagent

Replying to @kritika_rao

Case by case answer to this one. I ask for pages in addition to a query, so when I reject, it's often based on both the query+writing, or query wasn't for a story I want to rep, or the query was wonderful but writing didn't hold up. That rule isn't black&white for me #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 5d

Brian C. Johnson @theREELBrian

@AgentJessicaA #askagent #bookendchat I had an agent reject me because my debut novel was published by small press. She said it would be harder to sell me. I don't understand.

Replying to @theREELBrian

Everyone has different standards for the authors and projects they are looking to rep. Sounds like it was a personal decision, not a flaw in your approach, but @AgentJessicaA may have more insight than I do! #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · 5d

Inspired by an #askagent question, a #querytip for #amwriting #amediting #amquerying writers:
Bored characters make bored readers. You NEED a stronger catalyst for action in a story than "His life was unbearably dull so an exciting story started happening to him."

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · 5d

Sandra Cormier @Chumplet

@TracyMarchini @colin_d_smith @BookEndsJessica I should probably stop labeling it YA, even if a teen is the main protagonist? #AskAgent

Replying to @Chumplet

YA always has a teen protagonist, but that's not the only marker of what YA is. YA stories are usually those where the teen shifts from childhood into the beginnings of adulthood, they find their place in the larger world outside of their family, etc. #askagent

Jessica Alvarez @AgentJessicaA · 5d

dawn is on edit mode @DoveReign_

@BookEndsJessica Is it preferred to add your phone number in the end of the query? #askagent

Replying to @DoveReign_

Yes! And definitely on your manuscript. I hate when I want to surprise an author with an offer but there’s no phone #. #AskAgent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · 5d

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica

@Ajay_H_Kumar I'm going to defer #YA questions to our other agents. I think @TracyMarchini is floating around and might be able to better answer. #askagent

Replying to @BookEndsJessica

I think YA fantasy is a hard sell at the moment, but like some of my colleagues said, there's always room for something fresh. (It's just really hard to find that unique twist when there's so much out there!) #AskAgent

TracyMarchini @TracyMarchini · 5d

Whitney @EarlyOwl08

#BookEndsChat #askagent do you recommend having a website/author page even before querying an agent for your first book? Is that presumptuousness, confidence, a bad/good plan? Thanks!

Replying to @EarlyOwl08

I don't think it's necessary - I think the more important thing is to make sure whatever profile you do have (be it website, twitter, etc.) is geared towards being a professional writer. I do google before I offer. #askagent