Alexandra Levick

@AllieLevick

Junior Agent at Writers House Literary Agency. I believe in books. Always learning. Opinions are my own. She/Her.

NYC

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Alexandra Levick @AllieLevick · 7 Dec 2018

Allie Levick @AllieLevick

Cc: @JustinRColon

Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! I've answered as much as I can right now. I'll try to schedule another #AskAgent soon for anyone who missed out!

Alexandra Levick @AllieLevick · 7 Dec 2018

Allie Levick @AllieLevick

@EmilyMBailey1 I think it's ok to submit and I think you should let agents know.
I *highly* recommend having an agent negotiate a deal for you, if it comes to that. I'm biased of course but you NEED someone advocating on your behalf.

Replying to @AllieLevick

If the editor does make an offer, email all the agents who still have the project *OFFER OF PUBLICATION RECEIVED* and let them know the details. Do NOT accept the terms as offered by the editor. Thank them and let them know you'll be back to them soon.

Alexandra Levick @AllieLevick · 7 Dec 2018

Allie Levick @AllieLevick

@EmilyMBailey1 I think it's ok to submit and I think you should let agents know.
I *highly* recommend having an agent negotiate a deal for you, if it comes to that. I'm biased of course but you NEED someone advocating on your behalf.

Replying to @AllieLevick

If the editor does make an offer, email all the agents who still have the project *OFFER OF PUBLICATION RECEIVED* and let them know the details. Do NOT accept the terms as offered by the editor. Thank them and let them know you'll be back to them soon.

Alexandra Levick @AllieLevick · 7 Dec 2018

Michelle Van Berkom @MVanBerkom

@AllieLevick Hi Allie, what are your thoughts on pros & cons of using a pen name vs writing under real name?

Replying to @MVanBerkom

I think this is a deeply personal decision. Some people don't want their personal circle knowing about their writing. Sometimes people just want a separate persona for their work. I don't think either is intrinsically better or worse, it just depends on the situation.

Alexandra Levick @AllieLevick · 7 Dec 2018

Travis Simpson @trvsimpson

@AllieLevick 1. Do you read the attached sample if you don't like the query? Is it worth resubmitting a new query if you whiffed but still believe in the work overall?
2. Do you have anything that is an instant no; conversely is there anything that is an instant yes for full ms requests?

Replying to @trvsimpson

1. I don't allow attachments! But generally, I do queries backward--read the sample and then the query letter. Yes! Absolutely try again.
2. If someone says something derogatory in a query it's an instant no.
Instant yes if i love their writing! 🙃

Alexandra Levick @AllieLevick · 7 Dec 2018

Alexandra Ayers @authoralexayers

@AllieLevick Should you pay for editing before submitting a manuscript? Specifically, line editing.

Replying to @authoralexayers

It's not strictly necessary. I would recommend working with beta readers or a critique group. However, if you feel there are a lot of line edits that need to be made and want to have someone work on it, that's totally fine! Either way, it's important to send a polished mss.

Alexandra Levick @AllieLevick · 7 Dec 2018

J.L. Scritchfield @JLScritchfield

@AllieLevick What is the most important thing you'd want an author to know before querying you? Asking for a friend, of course.

Replying to @JLScritchfield

That a typo isn't make or break. I think so many people stress out SO much over a single typo. Obviously, if the whole query is grammatically incorrect, we have a problem, but don't worry if there was one little mistake. We all make them.