Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 1 2015

What's most important in selecting comparables in a nonfiction proposal? #askagent

@PattiMHall For nonfic, comps should pinpoint the purchasing audience and illustrate the hole in the market your book would fill #askagent

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 1 2015

Real #agent responses please #querytip #askagent in query, should I state this is part of a 3 full-novel series? I've been told no!

@TerryGeneAuthor It's okay to say that book X in the first in a potential series. But complete series are a hard sale... #askagent

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 1 2015

Query not passing spam filter. Happened 2x for diff agents. No links/attachments guidelines followed. suggestions? #askagent @whitleyabell

@AuthorAB Yikes! Is it your domain, maybe? I feel like aol addresses occasionally get caught up in ours. #askagent

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 1 2015

@whitleyabell does the term or genre upmarket imply that you are writing women's fic? I rarely see it used outside of women's fic. #askagent

@MayBbooks Not necessarily. UM implies that a book straddles the line between commercial (ex: genre'd) and literary #askagent

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 1 2015

@whitleyabell #askagent What are your thoughts on present vs. past tense in YA? Is one more marketable than the other?

@elisasjacobs I haven't noticed a leaning one way or the other. And personally, I like both. It's more about author's preference #askagent

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 1 2015

@whitleyabell #askagent Do you only look for women's fiction with older protagonists? What about protagonist in early 20s? Thanks!

@KatherineFleet No, I love WF with a younger protagonist, or with multiple main characters/narrators. I wish I saw *more* of that. #askagent

Whitley Abell @whitleyabell · Sep 1 2015

@whitleyabell Which Hogwarts House are you in? 😊 #askagent #BackToHogwarts

@darci_cole I wanted to be in Gryffindor when I was a kid (who wouldn't), but I am a Ravenclaw, through and through. #askagent