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Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

#askPSLA What's your # 1 tip for staying encouraged during the long haul process and disappointments in publishing?

@SLHutchinson Find your people! A community of peers is the best way to stay positive. Also, always have a next project. #askPSLA

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

@PSLiterary If I self-pubbed my first book and I now want to go trad. pub can I still pitch and send queries for the first book? #askPSLA

@jsfields151 @PSLiterary It's best to query a new project. Reasons here: https://t.co/HzA41An3Nr #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

#askPSLA when is it appropriate for a writer to check-in with you on the status of a requested full manuscript?

@ShanahSalter I would say the three month mark? It won't make me read faster, but I can confirm it's still in my queue. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

#askPSLA Would you reject a manuscript if it was on the shorter side? Or would you accept pending revisions?

@cyanosin I am more likely to reject for too short of word count as opposed to too long (for adult fiction, anything under 50k). #askPSLA

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

Do you prefer multiple characters points of view or just one? #askPSLA

@Epicfied I'm indifferent. I find multiple POV is harder to pull off though. #askPSLA

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

Do agents who request a full or partial always send a reply? What if an agent switches agencies? #askPSLA

@GwenFlaskamp I can't speak for everyone, but it's typical to get a reply to a request. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

How hard is it to "feel immersed" if you're reading MSs all day? How do you prevent burnout? #askPSLA

@rahrahread It can be difficult, but I like to think that a high bar just helps the best projects shine. I knit for… https://t.co/jRHmp4eC5i

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

Do agents who request a full or partial always send a reply? What if an agent switches agencies? #askPSLA

@GwenFlaskamp Yes, I can't think of anyone I know that doesn't. Usually if they switch agencies they'll announce a general policy. #askPSLA

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

With query letters is it better to lay everything- plot, etc. in the open for agents to get big picture or vague to pull agent in? #askPSLA

@AutieM95 Intrigue us with what it is that makes your book special. Pitches are generally vague. Leave specifics (&… https://t.co/qWSi9CD8Ld

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

@PSLiterary How much of manu should be done before starting to pitch it, looking for rep? #askPSLA

@Capenews_Rich @PSLiterary If it's fiction, the entire manuscript should be done before you start querying. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

When a 21st century definition is significantly different from 13th character's usage, which is better to use? #askPSLA

@Blythe_Gryphon It really depends! Those historical fiction readers can be harsh fact checkers :) For tricky cases,… https://t.co/3T25K5sTje

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

#askPSLA Do agents have to be a part of a agency to be any good? Or do those who work alone as equally qualified?

@SLHutchinson Agents working alone can be just as qualified, but make sure you do a ton of research before querying anyone! #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

What does it mean when agents say they feel at a "distance" from writing/character, etc? #askPSLA

@missashleyjean Possibly a lot of hedge words, not enough in the character's head/emotions/in the present moment #askPSLA

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

should one mention when querying that it's the first in a series? is that something that turns you off? #askPSLA

@JordanStephanie Yes, please mention this! It's important information to know. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

should one mention when querying that it's the first in a series? is that something that turns you off? #askPSLA

@JordanStephanie That's usually assumed in certain genres! "First in a series but stands alone" is safe wording (if true). #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

@PSLiterary At what point is it worth mentioning your social media following in a query letter? #askPSLA

@raimeygallant @PSLiterary (assuming you mean fiction) only if you're a celebrity #askPSLA

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

#askPSLA How do you know if you'll work well with an agent? Is the relationship to be strictly professional or do friendships often form?

@SLHutchinson Ask questions during a call if an agent offers rep! Make a list of things imp to you & make sure the… https://t.co/3nAHIhMgfZ

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

I've heard that it's nearly impossible to get anything over 150k published. What are your thoughts on this? #askPSLA

@SamBakerWrites Yup, that would be pretty hard. I'd only look at epic fantasy that length, and even then would assu… https://t.co/W0v9wxe2br

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 4d

@PSLiterary What's the highest amount of rejections 1 of your clients received before being signed? (Pacing myself lol) #askPSLA

@cm_fountain @PSLiterary I've honestly never asked? Once they sign with me, it's like all those rejections never happened! #askPSLA

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 4d

What's your preferred length of a Contemporary YA? #askPSLA

@tiabearden Hmm... probably 60-80k? Really depends on the story though! #askPSLA