Literary agent at the Kate Nash Literary Agency. Bookish chat and moaning, mostly. Graceless in the face of free food. Often forgets what goes on in DMs.
Julia A Weber @JAWeberEditsI’ll never tire of sharing this #writingtip on sentence lengths.
"Don't just write words. Write music." #amediting #writingcommmunity pic.twitter.com/d2wt5pLGZm
I think about this image regularly. I see a lot of looong sentences in manuscripts. Many are grammatically correct, but not enough attention is paid to the actual reading experience. It means you miss out on this rhythm and music.
#writingcommmunity #amquerying #askagent
karin baine @karinbaine1@LinaLanglee @katenashagent Will you respond to every submission? #adjacent
We confirm once we've had a chance to have a look, but can't provide individual feedback on all submissions #AskAgent
Sarah Broadley @sarahpbroadley#askagent do you use readers or do you read all the submissions that come in? If so, do you read the first few pages or the synopsis first? Thanks!
We read it all inhouse! I'd go straight for the sample #Askagent
Kari Hagen @KariHagenWrites@LinaLanglee @katenashagent #askagent - Is science fantasy/space fantasy a thing, or would you rather see books about alien planets in an alternate universe classed as plain Science Fiction?
Anything goes for me! #Askagent
Justin Davies @flyingscribbler@LinaLanglee @katenashagent going back to synopsis for a second...would a poorly written one put you off reading a submission, or would you have read it by then already? #askagent
I personally read your main email and go straight for the sample. A synopsis is a good writing exercise so there's likely a correlation between a bad synopsis & a bad submission, but I'd let the sample do the talking. #AskAgent
Chris Kent @chriskent72Hi @LinaLanglee and @katenashagent My question is about the cover letter and how it should be addressed...
Dear Ms Langlee - too formal?
Dear Lina - too informal?
Dear Lina Langlee - too "awkward"?
What are your thoughts?
Dear Lina and Kate is nice, but as long as you don't go 'Dear Sirs' I have no objections. #AskAgent
Nick Jury @TheRealNickJury@LinaLanglee Hello. There’s literally hundreds of agents listed in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook looking for writers who stand out from the crowd. As someone looking at agents what makes your agency stand out from the crowd? #askagent
Hi Nick. Reading is subjective so it is great to have lots of agents out there with varying reading tastes. Your agent should be your champion so loving your story is no 1. We work closely with our authors, share sub info, have a great track record and we're jolly nice #AskAgent
Elina Pilar (studying for professional exams) @E_P_LWBI'll #askagent about genre. I hear traditional gets VERY box-y. Is there a chance for a more literary, women's fiction-style fantasy (not magical realism, full secondary world but no magic/elves etc)? I'm debating between requerying one I did too early or pursuing self-pub.
Hmm that's tricky without having seen any material. I'd say that it helps if you know where your book would sit in a bookshop. Generally, if there are readers that would be interested there is a way. I've certainly read literary fantasy #AskAgent
Marisa Noelle 🤗🐬🎄 @MarisaNoelle77Hi @katenashagent & @LinaLanglee I was wondering how closely you work together - do you ever share projects of is it separate client lists? #askagent
Hi Marisa! We work really closely, so with submission we will always discuss with each other and pass along something that might not be for us but that we think the other might like. We have separate lists but a few projects we share #Askagent
Anita Davison @AnitaSDavison@katenashagent @LinaLanglee With such a wide variety of genres and sub-genre books flooding the market, aside from a well written story with engaging characters, what are you looking for in submissions for 2019? #askagent
I think a cracking story with a good voice will always work! Having said that, I am LOVING the trend towards gothic/horror and would love to sign some. And there's a lot of people who haven't seen themselves represented in many genres yet so would love more diversity #askagent
KA Whitfield @Whit_Writes@katenashagent @LinaLanglee #AskAgent Do you have a MSWL?
Wishlists are tricky because they are always changing BUT, I would definitely like to sign some ‘uplit’, a good crime procedural series and a bunch of YA. And I would love to see more diversity in all the aforementioned categories! #AskAgent
Elizabeth Frattaroli @ELIZFRAT@katenashagent @LinaLanglee Hi, I was wondering if either of you had any thoughts/comments on the recently reported fall of 22% in the UK YA market. Also, why does the appetite for YA in the US appear to be much stronger? Thanks #askagent
Hi Elizabeth 👋
I'm not overly worried about this. Last year saw a lot of BIG movie tie-ins which boosts sales. I suspect we'll see lots more of this. I think the overall market is strong though, and if the US appetite is stronger we just have something to work towards! #AskAgent
Victoria Leybourne @AuthorialViceHi @katenashagent and @LinaLanglee! When agents ask for a synopsis, are you talking about an intriguing sales pitch (like back-cover copy) or more of a blow-by-blow that details everything that happens in the book? #askagent
Hi! Neither @katenashagent or I are overly fussed about the synopsis but they are good to have at hand. I'd expect a succinct blow-by-blow of where the story is going. You can do the intriguing sales talk briefly in you pitch email (think elevator pitch)! #AskAgent
Pauline Morgan @paulinemorgan56@katenashagent @LinaLanglee #askagent What are your thoughts on the older protagonist? Thank you
Hi Pauline, great question! My favourite protagonists are often children or people past retirement age. A Man Called Ove and Elizabeth is Missing are some of my favourite books. Would love to see more in our submission inbox. #AskAgent
Marion Todd @MarionETodd@LinaLanglee Thrilled to be part of #askagent - wondering why agents ask if an MS has been sent to other agents - does it put you off considering the MS or make you more keen to read it? TIA.
Hi @MarionETodd. We don't actually ask this at the Kate Nash Literary Agency, though I know some do. We appreciate if people let us know if they've had other full requests though. It means we might try to get to it quicker or know it's found an agent already! #askagent
I'll kick off this #AskAgent by introducing myself - I'm Lina, a new literary agent with the katenashlit.co.uk agency. I'm actively building a list of authors to find publishing deals for. @katenashagent and I are here until 9pm to answer any #querying questions!