Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jun 4

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix

#amwriting #querytip #writetip
Shake things up. Break a mold. Try something new in your genre. Be daring. I reject MANY well-written manuscripts because the writing/tropes/angle is so stale/redundant for me, and I have piles of similarly structured stories in my query box. /1

Publishing has to look to the future, trying to stay ahead of trends, trying to catch things just before they explode. So if you can give us that something new, with enough familiarity to snag an established readership, we want to hear about it. /5 #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jun 4

Amber Rose Kobb @AmberKobb

@Billingsley29 I doubt 225 agents will do an #askagent session 😂

Replying to @AmberKobb

I wouldnt turn that away. I may have questions abt length, like is a critical element missing? But adding needless words is the WORST... if an agent loves the story they will discuss expansion with you if need be.
I don't auto rej on word count unless it's ridiculous. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jun 4

Annette Felices Clayton @AnnetteMClayton

#askagent Agents, what is your tipping point, when word count is just too low for a YA and you won't consider it? Is 50k-55k a hard pass for you? Does it matter if its a duology with both works being about that length?

Replying to @AnnetteMClayton

I like to see YA above 60k but again, word count efficiency matters: don't add needless words to reach a target number. I might read it at 55k and say YOU KNOW WHAT SCENE THIS BOOK NEEDS? So not a hard and fast rule. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jun 4

Annette Felices Clayton @AnnetteMClayton

#askagent Agents, what is your tipping point, when word count is just too low for a YA and you won't consider it? Is 50k-55k a hard pass for you? Does it matter if its a duology with both works being about that length?

Replying to @AnnetteMClayton

Not a hard pass, but I'd have questions: should this be expanded? Is something missing? Could it be better? Is the author capable of expanding without just bogging down with words?
Sequels are often expected to be similar lengths, due to printing costs. #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jun 4

Autumn Lindsey @heylindseys

#askagent, What would you call an Urban Fantasy type book that is set in the country/small town setting? #amwriting #genre #Writers

Replying to @heylindseys

Contemporary fantasy (but do find a way to sneak the rural aspect in the query - may be an attractive or unattractive elements for many agents) #askagent

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jun 4

Jen Davenport...Are you a 1-tail or 2? @Jen_D_Davenport

#askagent If I am co-writing with my daughter (who’s 12) do I put that in the query or save it for the call?

Replying to @Jen_D_Davenport

#askagent co-author should always be mentioned in the query.
Even if she's twelve. I have actually worked with 2 parent/child teams and it's a lovely experience!

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix · Jun 4

Tess Hunter @tesshunter

#askagent #querytips How do you feel about the inclusion of supplementary materials in a requested fantasy MS? Appendixes, family trees, glossaries, maps, etc.

Replying to @tesshunter

If I've requested the full, I am expecting a word document of the story. These things can be a part of this document but I'm not likely to open multiple docs. But can story be told without those elements? Good to make sure story is strong enough to stand w/o them too. #askagent

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