Susan, A Cabbage Man Graham
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Susan, A Cabbage Man Graham @GrahamophonesDepends! But keep in mind MG ranges from 8-12 & often kids are reading up or down so reading levels can vary widely. If you want your book accessible to younger readers, shorter may be better, or if parents are reading at bedtime. #dvpit - Personally, I think it's ok if the ch- twitter.com/hemrajaniwrite…
Just realized I did this one wrong too (typing too fast, I'm sorry!) #askdvpit
Britt Writerly @BrittWriterly@Grahamophones 💯. Any tips on how to pitch that without overcrowding the tweet?
I'm really wondering if I need to name each character and their individual motivation or if I can identify the group and present their collective stakes #askDVpit (sorry left the hashtag out
Group & stakes are fine!
Maybe it's warring factions, or a starfleet team, or a cheerleading squad. Whatever it is. #askdvpit
Or if you have ONE character to focus on, that's fine, too. You could do 1st character & then say "2 povs" or whatever it is, so we know this isn't IT.
C. L. Doupagne🌈 (they/them) @DoupagneCAre the first one or two pages enough to tell if a manuscript matches your tastes or do you read all 10 - 20 sample pages?
This depends on the query, but I usually read the whole thing regardless. Lots of times the first two pages aren't really where the crux is, so reading to the end gives me an idea if I want to read more & get further in, esp if it just needs an edit. #askdvpit
Kim Vazquez @KimVwriterDo you think the pandemic will affect how many new unpublished authors sign with publishers and agents for the next few years? #askdvpit
I don't think this is something we can know until they happen (pandemic + election +++), but I DO know that I and lots of other agents I know ARE selling books right now. Keep in mind, publishing acquires for 2-3 years out sometimes. #askdvpit - If no books are acquired, then-
Ilse ✨ @ilsewrites#askDVpit are agents likely to take international clients or do they prefer to represent USA residents only? 💕
I know so many agents with international clients! We have a few! Don't worry about it & just send in your work :) #askdvpit
Britt Writerly @BrittWriterlyAre agents hesitant to pick up multiple main characters stories? I saw some good advice about a pitch not being too dense. Is it better to only mention one main character even if there is a group and none are more prominent?
I like to know what the whole book is about! Tell me everything! #askdvpit I also just sold a YA fantasy w like 6 POVs & some editors were like "oh no not for me" & some loved so everybody's miles vary. I LOVE multiple mains & multiple POVs personally.
GP Bell @GP_BellIs it acceptable for a #PB to have a fixed meter but no exact rhyme or has near rhymes? #askDVpit
Anything is acceptable in a picture book as long as it works! #askdvpit
Susan, A Cabbage Man Graham @Grahamophonesyou don't have to do this! It is likely that a publisher will help you find an illustrator & a designer will want to find a vibe in house, OR your agent might be able to pair you with an illustrator or help you find a partner to pitch with. #dvpit If it's spot illustrations- twitter.com/AllisonCwrites…
I did this incorrectly! #askdvpit (sorry)
Grace Ellis Barber wrote a book @ ❤️ 🦆 🎸 @novelorbust#askDVpit Straight up - Do you consider it a negative when a #DVpit author's story doesn't feature a marginalized main character?
- signed, "I accidentally wrote about a straight white guy"
No? If it sounds good, it sounds good. When you talk to your prospective agent, they may ask why you did or how it happened lol, but they'll also ask about other projects in your back pocket bc they'll know you have other stories in you :) #askdvpit
Sana ✨ @sanalikesbooksAny advice on how to capture a quieter book in a tweet? Ex. a story with speculative elements rather than a full fantasy #askDVpit
depends! But you might focus on vibe or character as opposed to world building - what most gets to the heart or crux of the narrative? #askdvpit
S.I. Ryder @SIRyder2#askDVpit is there good time to query agents? I assume November and December are the worst time to do so.
I don't think so in particular. There are times that are supposedly busier, but we get queries year round. A query will get read when it gets read, regardless of when you send. #askdvpit
beth phelan @beth_phelan@nolandean27 i feel like this misinformation goes around a lot! i see it all the time. i agree it's too fast. i think what we wanna see is the character, the status quo, and TENSION--which is different from an inciting incident. #askDVpit
Yes! I like to establish character so that I care about them. If someone's just "running" from "something," I often think, "okay, so why do I care?" #askdvpit
Kim Vazquez @KimVwriterThis might be a silly ? BUT do authors sign contracts with their agents as well as with their publishers? #askDVpit
#askdvpit - Most agencies have agency agreements, which outline commission rates & other basic terms, but I know some do not. Some agencies have per book agreements, & some sign for career, etc. Just depends on the situation.
Rayah Jaymes @RayahJaymes@Grahamophones Got it! There's just so much stuff that goes with the submission for a graphic novel so I didn't know if a website would be an ideal place to upload it all.
Some people do like, dropbox links or downloadable pitch packets from a website, if you mean that, but in that case I'd advise reading an agency's submission guidelines #askdvpit - for ex we just ask for a pdf of the pitch, & you can link to your portfolio.