Jasmin Nyack @101mystic@BookEndsJessica #askagent is having dyslexia an issue with getting representation if they are at least trying to tidy up the grammar/spelling?
Dyslexia won't hold you back from publication (I have a bestselling client who's dyslexic), but if grammar feels like a struggle, then consider finding a critique partner, beta reader or hiring a professional to help you polish your work before sending it to agents #askagent
mynewjersey.online @vsam90807591@BookEndsJessica #askagent I see lots of companies/individuals offering to edit books for a hefty sum prior to submitting a query. Is this recommended or does the editing take place after an agent has taken on your project?
It's best to have the most polished manuscript possible before submitting to agents, but not absolutely necessary to pay a professional to get you there. Some agents are more editorial than others, but it's always a good idea to send them your strongest, cleanest work. #askagent
Viggy Parr Hampton @viggyhampton@BookEndsJessica If you’re querying multiple agents, is it a good idea to mention that in your query letter? Thanks in advance for your answer! #askagent
Agents assume you're submitting widely, so no need. At most agencies, like BookEnds, it's best though not to send to more than one agent in the same agency at the same time.
Seven Days a Week @7daysaweekblog@BookEndsJessica @BookEndsKim @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix @wensday95 What is your preference on synopsis length? I have seen several answers, including having more than one ready in case an agent asks. Thanks in advance! #askagent
I think you're probably safest in the 3 to 5 page range. #askagent
Kevin S. Giles @kevsgiles@BookEndsJessica @BookEndsKim @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix @wensday95 Are you familiar with the "Who Was" series of young reader biographies by Penguin? I'm wondering if they are arranged through agents or commissioned by editors at Penguin. Reacting to your #askagent session.
I don't know how that specific series is handled, but generally, series like those are often commissioned by the editors, who then reach out to certain agents/authors they know. #askagent
📚Brooke Taylor🍹 @brooketaylorboo@BookEndsJessica #askagent At what point should you bring up series potential or if you book is the start of a trilogy?
It depends on the genre and how dependent the manuscript's story is on future books. #askagent
Danielle Marie @dmsreadwrite@BookEndsJessica @BookEndsKim @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix @wensday95 What’s your thoughts on the New Adult genre...Are there many agents specializing in this? Characters in early 20s are hard to pitch it feels. Too old for YA, not old enough for traditional genres. Thoughts? #askagent
A few years ago, publishers really made a push in the New Adult market, but unfortunately didn't see a lot of success, especially in print. As a result, it's definitely harder to pitch these days. #askagent
Mark Salzwedel @markdsalzwedel#askbookends #askagent I know editors at major publishing houses, and I could pitch them myself (one liked 2 pitches, declined 2 others), but I'd like to see if I could get a better deal with more competition. Better to go with the personal relationship alone, or shoot higher?
You should think about what an agent could bring to the table after the deal too.. Contract negotiation, middle-man for the less pleasant conversations w/ publisher, career strategizing, growing your brand... A lot comes after the offer. Something to consider. #askagent
Kolin Mofield @KolinMofieldIf an author (with completed novels) has been bouncing around this fab idea and wants to #askagent #askbookends if it has merit. Is this something they could consider talking about marketability/agent thoughts? #AskingForAFriend Well, not really. :D
Novels are all about the execution, so it's really hard to give any kind of opinion on an idea alone, unless, of course it's a client we already know well and understand their strengths, et. #askagent
K.E.Hunt @katherin_e_hunt@BookEndsJessica @bookendslit @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix #askagent I saw your reply stating that a book should be edited before sending a query, but that costs an awful lot of money. How often are edited books accepted compared to unedited? (No disrespect to editors out there who do a fantastic job ♥)
Self-edited applies too! Just make sure it's not your first draft that hasn't been polished. #askagent
Justine Manzano @justine_manzano#TeamBookEnds My manuscript has a prologue from the POV of my antagonist and happens centuries before the main portion of my story. I know so many are anti-prologue, but it’s the only early clue to the magical part of my romance with a sprinkle of magic. How to handle? #askagent
It's really hard to say without knowing the book. I'm not an anti-prologue person. If you feel it's needed, then go with your gut. #askagent
R Scott Mather @rscottmather@BookEndsJessica Are movie comps acceptable in a query?
For sure. Movies, tv, anything with an audience, because that's what we're really looking for. The comp is really to tell me more about the audience for your book. #askagent
KatyL @KatyLapierre@BookEndsJessica #AskAgent Unless the agency explicitly says "a reply from one agent is a reply from all" and makes it clear they share queries, is it okay to query more than one agent at an agency if you get rejected?
Yes, I think if the agency doesn't explicitly say they have that policy, then you should go for it. Just as long as you're submitting to one at a time. #askagent
Cʀʏsᴛᴀʟ L. Kɪʀᴋʜᴀᴍ @canuckclick@TLSherwood1 @BookEndsJessica #AskAgent Since I am curious about the answer.
Yes, I would check the agent website. If they do not have a "no reply means no" policy then look to see if they have an estimated response time listed and check in after that period of time has passed. #askagent
Shan Nawaz @_ShanNawazWhat's a day in the life of an agent like? #askagent
But really, we spend a lot of time on the phone, answering emails, reviewing contracts... Most of the submission reading and client revisions (for me, anyway) comes at night or on the weekend. #askagent
Julia Martins @books_by_julia@BookEndsJessica What are your thoughts on using a book the agent represents as a comp? (For context: they're similar in voice/style, but not in theme/plot) #askagent
This is great, as long as it's accurate. I get a lot queries referencing my clients' works when it's clear they don't really know anything about the book and there's no similarity. #askagent
Chelsea Covington Maass @chelseasfiction@BookEndsJessica What's your current dream submission? #askagent
Ohhh... I'd love commercial women's fiction with a dual timeline ala Kate Morton. Also compelling YA, WF or romance with diverse characters, that doesn't sacrifice plot for themes. #askagent
Julia Martins @books_by_julia@BookEndsKim If I'm planning on referencing things the agent asked for on their blog/agent bio/mswl in the first paragraph of my query, how long should that paragraph be? #askagent