Jabe Stafford @OculusWriterAside from, "Keep writing," what guidance would you have for a writer who's goal is to write for life and grow into a career author? #WFGCAskAnAgent
Don't hole yourself up in a writing cave and throw pages out into the ether with hopes it'll be picked up. You have to read. Stay up to date with the market. #WFGCAskAnAgent
April M Woodard 🍒 @April_M_Woodard#WFGCAskAnAgent can an author query even after they have self published as long as they own ALL the rights to their work? example-if they are just using a platform to sell their books such as amazon ? Thanks!
You're welcome to query, but it can be difficult. Agents will look into sales numbers, and depending on the success they may or may not take it on. And once you're signed, you have to remove it from the platform. It's better to query an unpublished work. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Write Fight GIF Club @WFGHeadquartersHow editorial of an agent are you? What can the writer expect in this regard once they have signed with you? #WFGCAskAnAgent
I can be pretty editorial, depending on the state of the manuscript. Sometimes I want more world-building and character development (broad edits), sometimes whole scenes/chapters need to be cut, and sometimes it just needs a few adjustments here and there. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Miri C Golden @MaryCWallis#WFGCAskAnAgent Do you see NA gaining a broader footing, or is it doomed to be pigeonholed as niche/erotica forever?
I do not rep NA so I cannot speak to the state of it. However, if you're defining your project as NA because of the age of the MC, consider querying agents that rep A *and* YA. If you're defining it NA based on romance/erotic content, query romance agents. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Jabe Stafford @OculusWriter@LECrockett Follow-up question - How would it look to you if the writer you're considering signing knew one subject in the book well, but not another? (As in, MC knows martial arts and sign language, but writer only knows martial arts and has not learned sign language yet?) #WFGCAskAnAgent
This is difficult territory. With things like ASL (typically used for the deaf), wherein you're featuring a marginalized group of people, please make sure you do your research and share the ms with someone who IS knowledgeable and get their feedback on accuracy. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Marco_Santomenna @MSantomennaWhat are the rules for querying an agent a second time? I’ve revamped my query letter and just wondering if time passing is enough. Assuming of course they’re looking for the same type. Or is it frowned upon? I’d rather not waste anyone’s time. #WFGCAskAnAgent
I've had some query me multiple times with different projects across months/years, and that's okay! Not a waste of time.
Sending queries 1 minute after each other is NOT okay, and replying to a pass with another project is not okay. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Budgie Bigelow @BudgieBigelow#WFGCAskAnAgent
I've been told to find an agent rather than self-publish. Should I?
Of course I think you should find an agent, but there are plenty of successful self-published authors out there. Traditional publishing helps broaden your audience/market, while self-p can be niche. There are pros/cons to both, tho I side on pro-traditional 😉 #WFGCAskAnAgent
Radina Valova @RadinaValovaHi Laura, thanks for taking our questions! Do you like to see comparisons to published books as an indication of tone/style? Is it necessary? Can a misapplied or inaccurate comparison hurt a writer’s chances? #WFGCAskAnAgent @LECrockett @WFGHeadquarters
Yes, yes, and no! Comparisons let us know your knowledge of the market & the tone/atmosphere/genre/writing style of your ms. A misapplied or inaccurate comparison won't hurt, but please refrain from saying "It's the next Potter/Patterson/Riordan/Maas!" Dig deeper. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Jabe Stafford @OculusWriterHow much should a writer interested in querying you (or agents in general) read up on your background beforehand? In the past, I've heard short & professional with no personalization in the query is best. And I've heard deeply personalized is best. Thanks! #WFGCAskAnAgent
It's different for every agent. I don't mind personalization (I mean...don't be creepy about it, like knowing exactly where I live), but it's not like I favor it over short and prof. either. Follow submission guidelines, know what the agent is seeking, and send! #WFGCAskAnAgent
Ashley Reisinger @AwritesingerWhat are your thoughts regarding the use of humour in a query letter?
If the novel itself is humorous / has a comedic bend to it, it's okay because it's expressing the voice of the narrative. However, if the novel isn't humorous, don't use humor in the query. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Write Fight GIF Club @WFGHeadquartersIf someone queries you with a project that is better suited to one of the other agents at Triada, will you pass it along to them instead? And is a no from you a no from Triada as a whole, or can someone query another agent there if you reject a query? #WFGCAskAnAgent
Usually if it's a no from one agent at Triada it's a no from all, but we have a few clients that queried one of us and ended up finding rep with another! Sometimes I see queries that are strong, not meant for me, so I fwd to another agent here, too. #WFGCAskAnAgent Flexible!
RyenLesli... @RyenLesliIf my book for YAF sits at 169,000, in all honesty, is that too big? For the first book in a series? When do you break it up? #wfgcaskanagent
It's borderline too long for a first in an *adult* fantasy. Try cutting it down to 130K (still a bit long, but an agent can work with that). What are the most important/key scenes for the plot? What's necessary for character development? Be brutal. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Rebecca Klay @RebeccaKlay#WFGCAskAnAgent I have another one, if that's ok?
What happens after signing?
And what happens after the 1st book is sold?
(From both agent & author side).
Only answering to make a blanket statement: Everyone's publishing journey is different.
After signing, the ms is revised and submitted to editors (same for all). After that it's dependent on sale or no sale, contract terms, etc (different for every writer). #WFGCAskAnAgent
Abigail Harris @absthegalHey @LECrockette An agent's MSWL suggests she would be interested in my novel. Her comps do not. Query or not? Thanks! #WFGCAskAnAgent
Comp titles demonstrate tone, atmosphere, writing style, voice, etc within a genre/category/market. It never hurts to query, especially if the agent's MSWL includes a genre they are interested in. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Michael @InkandmagicFollow up to this question. If I mention I have two main POVs is it better to make the query a paragraph longer than normal or try to keep it as short as I would for a single POV query? #WFGCAskAnAgent twitter.com/LECrockett/sta…
A bit of both? For multi-POV novels, you don't want lengthy paragraphs (agents stop reading). If you could summarize each POV's desires/obstacles in 2-3 sentences, do it. That's the best hook. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Lizzy Marchanne @lizzymarchanneThank you @LECrockett for taking the time to answer our questions. When writing up a query would one use a pen name (if they have one) or their real name? #WFGCAskAnAgent
Real name. We'll discuss pen names when there's a book deal on the table. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Ashley Reisinger @AwritesingerHi Laura,
When reading a query letter, what is it that makes you decide THIS is the one? You want to read THIS manuscript and see if it's worth taking a chance on?
It's the voice, for me. It's the same process every reader uses when they go to the bookstore/library. When you pull a book off the shelf and read the jacket, what makes you open the book and read some pages? Use that same process/mindset to write your query #WFGCAskAnAgent
Savannah Flowers @savflowers#wfgcaskanagent I've read competing articles about appropriate word counts for MG and YA novels. How much do you care about word count when you receive a query?
Word counts are dependent on audience (MG/YA/A) and genre. Fantasy and historical tends to be longer than contemporary by about 20-40K. I care only when it's wildly off the mark (100K MG contemporary is a no) because it shows the writer doesn't know the market. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Write Fight GIF Club @WFGHeadquartersWhat do you find to be the most common mistake people make when they query you? #WFGCAskAnAgent
They haven't done their research. I'm sent projects that either (1) I am not seeking/representing whatsoever OR (2) no one at our agency seeks/reps it. Plenty of resources online and in books about agencies and what they're looking for. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Loie @loiedunnHi @LECrockett I was wondering when one is writing a dual POV fantasy or a multiple POV fantasy, do you include those in a query? I've received feedback where some folks mention to focus solely on the MC. #WFGCAskAnAgent
Your query should focus on the key players w obstacles/goals/growth of the ms, so if that's two MCs, share the two. If it's multi-POV with one primary MC, focus on that one. Do mention, however, that it is a "multi/dual-POV fantasy" when you describe the ms. #WFGCAskAnAgent