Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · Sep 12

/kē'rŭ/ @0asissss

@BookEndsJessica I hope it’s okay that I dropped in late. I have two questions - one, what would you want an unpublished author to know about the business/process when you choose to represent them? Two, do you prefer a query letter to open with “Dear Ms. Faust” or “Dear Jessica”? Thank you!

Replying to @0asissss

Questions always welcome. On the business process question, my first thought is it is not linear. There's no meteoric rise without bumps in the road. I have no preference to a queries address--Ms. Faust and Jessica are both fine. Just don't call me Jess or Jessie. ;) #askagent

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · Sep 11

I was asked earlier if I had other blog posts on genre and how to pick a genre. Luckily I have over 10 years of blog posts and I found one that might help. #askagent bookendsliterary.com/2008/10/13/pic…

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · Sep 11

Mark Binder Stories @transmitjoy

@BookEndsJessica I write in Children's, MG, YA and adult. Are there agents who can rep me in all those? How do I find/query them. (everyone seems so niched)

Replying to @transmitjoy

I would focus on one genre and see how it plays out. There are agents who do all, but I think you’d be narrowing your market too much. Just focus book-by-book. #askagent

Amanda Jain @wensday95 · Sep 11

Sédrie Danielle @SedrieDanielle

@BookEndsJessica Hi Jessica! After being rejected by agents and publishers, I began using betas to see if it was likeable. Everyone who has read my book loves it, but I can't seem to get the powers that be to read it. Do agents read past the queries if they don't like them? #askagent

Replying to @SedrieDanielle

Hard to say for sure without seeing it, but it may be one of two problems. A) The query itself isn't strong enough at getting your story across / hooking an agent's interest, or B) The premise itself is something that agents aren't feeling is marketable right now. #askagent

Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim · Sep 11

Mark Salzwedel @markdsalzwedel

#askbookends #askagent I know editors at major publishing houses, and I could pitch them myself (one liked 2 pitches, declined 2 others), but I'd like to see if I could get a better deal with more competition. Better to go with the personal relationship alone, or shoot higher?

Replying to @markdsalzwedel

You should think about what an agent could bring to the table after the deal too.. Contract negotiation, middle-man for the less pleasant conversations w/ publisher, career strategizing, growing your brand... A lot comes after the offer. Something to consider. #askagent

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