Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Mar 7

Samantha Stewart @samthestewart

@UweStenderPhD What percentage of requested manuscripts do you estimate you (or agents in general) end up signing as clients?

Replying to @samthestewart

It is significantly likelier that you will drown in the bathtub than becoming my client. Very low odds. @Oliverika may remember what we figures out a while back.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Mar 7

Erica Davis Secor @thedavisgirl

@UweStenderPhD How did you celebrate your first client/book deal?

Replying to @thedavisgirl

My first book deal was amazing. I will never forget it. I didn't celebrate it at the time, I had to keep plucking. But every year since, I celebrate it by remembering what it was like, how happy and hopeful I felt, and that it laid the foundation of #TeamTriada. Gratefulness.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Mar 7

Samantha Stewart @samthestewart

@UweStenderPhD are there better/worse times in the year for querying?

Replying to @samthestewart

I can only speak for myself, but between Thanksgiving and January 2, I am probably the most picky during a year.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Mar 7

Stef @StefanieSuzaya

@UweStenderPhD What makes you go YES on a full ms? Does it take you long to respond to a full?

Replying to @StefanieSuzaya

Depending on my schedule, which is getting tighter and tighter every day, it will take me longer than it used to. I will say YES to a manuscript when I can't stop reading it, even if it means I don't sleep at all.

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb @Mark_Gottlieb · Feb 24

Michelle @_MitchK

@Mark_Gottlieb Do you always reply to full manuscript requests? #tmgtalks

Replying to @_MitchK

Hi Michelle, the #TMGTalks have closed until next time. Not clear on your Q. Are you asking if I always respond to queries w/ a full MS request? Then the A is yes. Hope that helps. Otherwise stop by the next #TMGTalks thread.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Feb 23

Karma Lei Angelo @KarmaLeiAngelo

@UweStenderPhD If we sign with an agent and have a publisher, do we lose control over things such as book cover design or size of books? (Thank you for all the #askagent answers!)

Replying to @KarmaLeiAngelo

To a degree, yes, it is ultimately the publisher's decision, BUT consultation should be in the contract. And it would be insane for a publisher to publish a book with a cover their author despises.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Feb 23

Eileen Mayo @Kidfunideas

@UweStenderPhD Thank you for your time- I just finished my first round of queries for a picture book - all to radio silence or polite no thanks. How many rounds of pitching should I continue with before moving on to a different project ?

Replying to @Kidfunideas

If you believe in your project, keep querying. If you don't, you should not have queried it to begin with. Keep going until you are out of good options. But querying does not prevent you from writing something else while you wait for the YES.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Feb 23

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein

@UweStenderPhD Hi Uwe! :-D Do you take into account an author's age when contemplating whether to offer representation? Like, do you think older people (> 40 or 50) would be less able to navigate promoting their debut MG or YA novel well? Or is it *just* about the ms for you?

Replying to @LindaEpstein

I don't care about age, race, gender, sexual preference, disabilities, looks, weight, size, health, whatever. I never Google potential clients until after I love a project. Then, if I find they are under indictment for serious crimes, I will pass on them.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Feb 23

Lauren Grace @LaurenGraceBFYR

@UweStenderPhD Hi! What happens if an agent loves one of your picture books, but is not crazy about the rest? Does this happen? Thoughts?

Replying to @LaurenGraceBFYR

Anything can happen. I don't know , find another agent for the other books, or consider the possibility that the agent is correct. Then just write better projects.

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