🤩 Debbie Iancu-Haddad 🍒 @debbieiancu@JNRlitauthor Yes. If I'm writing a dual POV book and an agent likes my pitmad pitch focusing on the character who isn't in the first chapter. Should I send them pages from that character or just the first chapter? #askagent
Lauren Megan Davis @WriterLMDavis@JNRlitauthor #AskAgent Hello, Ms. Reino! My question is: if a literary agent declines your query by saying, “This project isn’t for me,” are they implying they would have preferred the author finish writing their entire series before querying?
Hi! Please feel free to call me Jess :) This response usually means that it’s not a book concept that the agent is interested in and that can be for a number of reasons. And, just because it’s not right for one agent doesn’t mean it won’t be right for another. #TheWritersZen
Rebecca Weber @RWeberWrites@JNRlitauthor Hi there! :) Question for you! When a new author queries for the first time, what do you feel most influences a rejection response? The query, synopsis, or sample pages? #AskAgent
Great question and I think it can be any one of those things or a combination. I can only speak for myself but I always read the query first, then sample pages then synopsis. #TheWritersZen
DNKris is Querying GHOST TO PARADISE @dnkris_has there been a trend in queries as of late? #TheWritersZen
No Justice No Peace | Madeline Scott Pine (They) @Madeline_Pine@JNRlitauthor @LaylaHersch How do you personally handle a book deal with a queer MC and/or plot when the author does not want to publicly come out? How does the industry typically handle it? And what steps to further protect authors do you think the industry and agents can take than what they’re doing now?
Great questions! Personally, I always work to do what is in the best interest and wishes of my authors including what makes them comfortable and and safe. No one should feel forced to publicly come out to anyone (including their agent) until they are ready and want to.
Architectonics @theshadowarc@JNRlitauthor does it mean anything that I'm getting more actual rejections (vs. non-response) on queries than I used to?
It’s always good to know your work is getting read. If there is any feedback in the rejections you could maybe try to rework your query to turn it into requests. Best of luck to you!
Erin Fulmer Writes #BlackLivesMatter @erinya@JNRlitauthor Hi Jessica, thanks for doing this! What are your thoughts on the marketability of adult urban/contemporary fantasy? It seems to me like not many agents are looking for the genre right now.
Hi! I love that genre so feel free to query me when I read-open next month. You can also check out the mswl hashtag to see if agents are interested.
Kelly K-C - Just don’t be a bigot @KellyLKC@JNRlitauthor And - When is the proper time to use #ownvoices?
I'm a surviving sibling just like my MC, but that's not really a conventional marginalization?
I'm also trying to write a story about a girl who got hit by a truck like me & has my same injuries, same dumb comments from others.
Kelly K-C - Just don’t be a bigot @KellyLKC@JNRlitauthor @LaylaHersch Hi! As an agent, would you accept a MS (dark urban legend retelling with a dash of speculative) with a biracial main character, who was the same mix as the white writer's kids?
Thank you for doing #askagent!
Jessica Reino @JNRlitauthor@Anna_Wenner Thank you! Great question! This is different for every agent, but usually check submission guidelines on the agency website. If an agent has a partial or a full and didn’t specifically say when they would get back to you 1/2 #thewriterszen #Askagent
Anna Wenner @Anna_Wenner@JNRlitauthor Hello! Thanks for doing this. I always find #AskAgent threads really helpful. (And happy birthday to your husband!)
My question is: When, if ever, should a submitting author nudge/remind an agent about a submission? I've seen a lot of conflicting advice.
Jason Hussong @JasonsWriting@JNRlitauthor What's on your #mswl these days #AskAgent #thewriterszen