Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Rosalyn Ransaw @RosalynRansaw

@SecretAgentBri what’s one thing that used to be on your mswl but isn’t anymore and pi *coughs* I mean why? #askagent

Replying to @RosalynRansaw

I used to be open to illustrators-only, but recently took it off my PM page--illustrators, you're MUCH better off going to @RebeccAgent @stevenmalk or @yikeslouise, they are wayyyy smarter than me about illustration #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Michele Thornton @michelethorn

@SecretAgentBri What's your favorite dark comedy in YA?

Replying to @michelethorn

One I just sold! That we will announce soon! Omg that was so unhelpful, sorry! 💩 Fave MG dark comedy is @HollyMMGrant's LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS. Hard to come up with YA comps, what's yours? #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Laura Todd Carns @LauraToddCarns

@SecretAgentBri Is it an automatic turn-off if someone lists critically-acclaimed, much-buzzed-about books as comps?

Replying to @LauraToddCarns

Not necessarily, but I would definitely mix in some genre-appropriate, successful but perhaps not HUGE-huge comps. If you tell me that your book is TWILIGHT meets HARRY POTTER, I might give you just a liiiil side eye 👀 #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

M.E. Walker @MEWalker7

@SecretAgentBri Does YA have to have romance to be enticing? #askagent

Replying to @MEWalker7

Not necessarily, but I find a romance--or sexual exploration of some kind--often helps. It definitely doesn't have to be the central relationship! It can be a secondary, or even tertiary element. And it definitely does not have to be happily ever after. #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Miri C Golden @MaryCWallis

@SecretAgentBri What’s your process for subbing to editors?Is there an established relationship? How does that all work?

Replying to @MaryCWallis

Yes ma'am! One of my favorite parts of the job is going to lunch with editors. We're all book nerds, and it's always fun. I get to know what they're looking for and try my best to deliver it #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Brett Rushing @BrettRushing

@SecretAgentBri are portal fantasies dead on arrival in an agent’s inbox? #askagent

Replying to @BrettRushing

It's a crowded field, but not necessarily. If you feel yours is fresh/brings something new to the table, lead with that angle in your query letter #askagent

Brianne Johnson @SecretAgentBri · Mar 14

Kaylee Errecaborde @KayleeMyhreErre

@SecretAgentBri If we are a first time novelist and realize we started agent submissions about four drafts too early #newbie, will agents consider re-submissions?

Replying to @KayleeMyhreErre

I think so! Some of my current clients queried me with earlier drafts/books. Be up front and say "oops I initially sent this three drafts too soon, would love to have you re-consider" #askagent

Dr. Uwe Stender @UweStenderPhD · Mar 14

Berinna Chambers @happywriter2017

@UweStenderPhD Also, is 1st person past tense hard to sell in MG?

Replying to @happywriter2017

I would not worry about the tense. I would focus on the plot, the story, the characters, the writing.

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