Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Tia Cristy @Tipsfromtia

@SecretAgentBri 3.14% of the time I understand the query process. I've gotten the nicest rejection letters. 'I'd buy this book, but it's not on my list', 'I love this story, but not on my list', 'I want to see you in print soon'. Q: do all agents get a similar list of upcoming trends? Thank you.

Replying to @Tipsfromtia

Not that I know of (if they do, I'm pissed I'm not on that list!) but I DO notice funny trend bubbles in my slush. If there's lots of VERY similar published work, it can be hard envision breaking out a new author. I gotta be able to answer "what's new & different here?" #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Koji @KojiADae

@SecretAgentBri If someone was querying you because one of your client's work was similar to what/how they write, how would you suggest approaching that in the query?

Replying to @KojiADae

I LOVE it when a query-er has researched my list and my fabulous clients! Definitely let me know. "I see you rep ___ and ___, and I thought you might love my work because ___" don't bury the lede, tell me right off the bat! #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Melissa Priebe @mfkaelin

@SecretAgentBri What does it mean when agents ask for partial vs full manuscript? Is the partial to save time? Is there a lesson for writers here? #AskAgent

Replying to @mfkaelin

I usually ask for a partial to start and then a full if I read and love the partial. It's a natural trigger for me to be in touch with authors that I'm getting excited about and start building good communication. #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Samantha Lienhard @SamLienhard

@SecretAgentBri If you got a query for a fantasy novel that focuses more on a central relationship than action, would you think it was misplaced in the genre? (Ex. actually fantasy romance, not fantasy.) If you did think so, would that mean a rejection?

Replying to @SamLienhard

It would really depend on execution. If it was very well done, it might be a fresh twist rather than an unworkable departure. That said, making sure these two important elements--character and plot--are BOTH on the page seems like the strongest way to proceed #askagent

Peter Knapp @petejknapp · Mar 10

Anonymous asked: Take us through that special day when you've read a query and first chapter that you loved. How soon do you request the full? What does an I-LOVE-IT freakout look like for you?… #askagent

Peter Knapp @petejknapp · Mar 10

Anonymous asked: Have you ever had to fight for a book that you really wanted to represent? Like another agent had put in an offer first and you had to scramble to show the author how much you loved their book and why you should be their agent? #askagent

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Mar 7

D. R. McElroy @Dee_scribe315

@UweStenderPhD Agents speak a lot about the narrative voice. My focus is MG fiction. Do kids care so much about voice, or are they more interested in plot and theme?

Replying to @Dee_scribe315

Kids want everything. Don't underestimate kids. Frankly, I think 99% of kids are smarter than adults. Just look at what adults have done to this world. So give them great voice, great plots, and great writing.

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Mar 7

Maria Stout @MariaStout

@UweStenderPhD Anything one should know before meeting you at say a writer's workshop?

Replying to @MariaStout

I was born and raised in Germany. So to many Americans I appear blunt, or arrogant, or intimidating. Don't judge me on YOUR cultural assumptions. I am there to help writers, that is all.

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