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Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · May 16

Berinna Chambers @happywriter2017

@UweStenderPhD What makes a manuscript marketable?

Replying to @happywriter2017

Great question. When agents are convinced, for whatever real or imagined reason, that publishers will buy something so they fill/meet a demand, then a manuscript is marketable.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · May 16

Berinna Chambers @happywriter2017

@UweStenderPhD What makes an agent decide to take on a novel?

Replying to @happywriter2017

*I* have to absolutely love it AND believe I can sell it. I cannot speak for other agents, but I suspect some just need to believe they can sell it. And I am not judging.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · May 16

Diana Aleksandrova @DianaAleksand13

@UweStenderPhD Ok, thank you. Another one: were you surprised by the difference in the children's book market here and in Europe?

Replying to @DianaAleksand13

Yes. The European market is open to all countries, and cultures. The US market is almost exclusively focused on books written by original speakers of English, and MOSTLY US based (plus UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.)

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · May 16

Tabatha Pope @thee_librarian

@UweStenderPhD Is race relations too hot a topic in YA to sell? (If it is done with sensitivity and without bias to all cultures involved) #AskAgent

Replying to @thee_librarian

I come from a very different culture, so take my answer with a grain of salt. Theoretically, no topic should be off the table. But, different cultures different viewpoints.

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · May 16

I'm looking to hear from readers--send us your questions & see them answered on the blog. #askagent…

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · May 12

MrsFriedman @MrsFriedman2013

@UweStenderPhD What sort of bio information should a previously unpublished writer with no writing credentials include on the query? #amquerying #askagent

Replying to @MrsFriedman2013

I.e. : "I live in Southern California with my 2 teenage daughters, and during the day I work as a surfing instructor. [Insert title of novel] is my first novel."