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Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Definitely not similar stories - just appealing to a similar group because of the topic. So leave out? #askagent

.@gigigriffis Probably. But I hate to tell you what to do. Comps won’t get you a pass or full MS request. It’s about your book. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

.@TheEricRuben you value a synopsis on query submission. I have 3pg , 1pg, & 3 paragraph synopsis. Is there a stand… https://t.co/ADekhdsV5w

.@Dr_VanHorn I like 1 page but can’t speak for others. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben For non-fiction or memoir, do agents like to see images among the text? #askagent

.@PidgeonsEyeView Not early in the process. That requires attachments and we hate them. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben What do you think of comps in the query letter -- helpful, or do they make writers seem like they're bragging? #askagent

.@EditMoiSVP Ok unless the book is so bad that I’d rather read the comps. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Example: my book compares thematically with 2 currently on bestseller list. Was advised to leave that out of letter #askagent

.@gigigriffis Maybe concern re: originality. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Was recently told not to mention timeliness of a story since the pub process takes so long. Is this true? #askagent

.@gigigriffis I’d agree. With few exceptions the book won’t come out of rat least a year. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

If you were representing a YA fantasy book, how high of a word count would you go? I've seen from 70k up to 120k+. What's best? #askagent

.@CalConstantine Check out https://t.co/Warlhz0ZCx #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben How critical is it to have another book/series to compare a manuscript to when querying? #askagent

.@HammurabiSays Not critical for me. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben After the success of "Girl in Pieces" is there a market for YA stories about young men who self-harm? #askagent

.@SwitzerPj Regardless of what’s sold, I think all you need is a great story well told and brave agents and editors. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben Yes, sir! What are the top four mistakes you see that result in a Pass? (Disregarding story and writing) Thank you! #askagent

.@KCQuinnBooks No synopsis, unoriginal idea, info dumps. 3 #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

.@TheEricRuben Now that you have @shannonorso on board, are you considering open up more toward something like MG queries? #askagent

.@Dr_VanHorn @shannonorso is an intern, on her way to Jr. Agent. We’ll see. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben If an author was successful at self-pubbing in one genre, is that worth mentioning when pitching a diff genre? #askagent

.@gigigriffis Absolutely. I want as much info as possible. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben What is your typical thought process when requesting a R&R? #askagent

.@j_elias_writes I don’t do R&Rs. I either pass or ask for the full. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben What's the minimum platform/following you're looking for from writers? #askagent

.@gigigriffis That doesn’t matter to me except with nonfiction. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

Is it impossible to find representation for a book that's already sold? #askagent @TheEricRuben

.@carolinetpatti Possible but harder. If sold and big numbers, easier. But I rep writers, not one offs. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

.@TheEricRuben #askagent Are there major publishing houses who print "saucy" series if each book is only 35-40k words? Asking for a friend 😉

.@cindy1408 I don’t know of any majors printing novella length, regardless of genre. There may be but I don’t rep novellas. #askagent

Eric Ruben @TheEricRuben · 5d

@TheEricRuben When querying: is a completed draft okay or should the book be fully polished before authors start reaching out? #askagent

.@gigigriffis The book should be in its best possible form, ready to be seen by pros. No drafts. #askagent

Stacey Graham @staceyigraham · 5d

@staceyigraham @erikhane How often does a 'second look' manuscript make it to the 'request' pile? :)

@AyshaIves @erikhane About 30% of the time. #askagent

Stacey Graham @staceyigraham · 5d

@staceyigraham is there such a thing as a fiction proposal (before ms is complete)?

Red Sofa Literary sends out proposals for both fiction and nonfiction with every book (after the fiction is finishe… https://t.co/uCBDGUZxbi

Stacey Graham @staceyigraham · 5d

@LindaWonder @staceyigraham #askagent I don't need much suspense in the query. I think lay it out (but do it quickly, not too much summary!)

@erikhane @LindaWonder I don't want a cliffhanger. I want to see that you know how to wrap it up! :) #askagent