Kelly 📚


Literary Agent at @reesagency . Khaleesi. Philadelphian. Pisces. She/her. Multitasks #LikeABoss . Gandalf of #TheFellowship . Tweets are my own.✌🏻

The Iron Throne, Winterfell

Rees Literary Agency

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

Sheretta Allen @AuthorHopeful

@LitAgentKelly Even if rejected, is it possible to still continue a series?

Replying to @AuthorHopeful

You can always continue a series because you’re the one who writes it! But I wouldn’t pitch any book in a series but the first one. It’s up to you what you do with the response, though. ❤️

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

Carmen Baca, author @bacacarmen1

@LitAgentKelly Do #agents respond to all queries? And do they respond quickly?

Replying to @bacacarmen1

Most don’t respond to queries at all, but there are a few that still do respond to all. Their responses vary depending on their work schedule, life interruptions, and free time.

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

ElectraFox | Book Trailers @BookTrailer4U

@LitAgentKelly Do you personally prefer to have manuscripts totally polished/ professionally edited before they reach your desk? Or at what stage is it best to get the pro-edit? (ie. before querying / after getting agent but before publisher / after publisher?) Thank you so much for your time!

Replying to @BookTrailer4U

We want it the best it can be before hitting our desks, and if it’s the best it can be through beta readers and CPs and your editing, then that’s fine! If you want to utilize an editor, just make sure you get a well recommended and professional editor.

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

Chelsea Pennington Hahn @_chelseawrites

@LitAgentKelly Not sure if you're still available, but figured I'd try - I know it's typical to a few agents at a time, but do you have any advice on balancing querying a "dream agent" vs testing out your query letter to see if you get responses?

Replying to @_chelseawrites

Hmmm...spread out your dream agents, I think, and query others at the same time as one or two dream agents. Wait for feedback if you can, but most times you might not get much. :( Got with your gut instincts! And that’s about all I’ve got for advice on that unfortunately. :((

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

✨𝙎𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙚 𝘽 is querying ⚔️ @HogwartsGrad_7

@LitAgentKelly Hi, Kelly!

So, I’ve queried agents who are looking for futuristic fantasy/dystopian YA stories, but the rejection emails I receive say things like “this wouldn’t be the right fit for me right now.” I know querying is subjective...any tips on finding agents who want what I have?

Replying to @HogwartsGrad_7

That’s SUPER tough, because I know there’s a very large divide in dystopians/futuristic anything right now. Fantasy is also having a tough go of it recently in general which could be why. But my best advice is to just keep on plugging away. You’ll find them eventually!

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

K.M. Butler @kmbutlerauthor

@LitAgentKelly I was receiving form rejections for two ms (1st novel, queried separately) that were about 130k. I don't think I stood a chance and tightened both down to 106k. At what point should I conclude the problem isn't the length? Betas are consistent that the voice and style are ok.

Replying to @kmbutlerauthor

It could be any factor such as timing and commercial appeal, and may not be your voice. Or maybe it’s your opening pages, or it’s just not connecting with the right agents. The only person who’s able to conclude something like that is you. You know what’s best for your work.

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

Kati Felix @KatiGirl90

@LitAgentKelly Hi! What are your thoughts on urban fantasy? I hear it's really hard to get an agent if you're querying for UF or contemporary fantasy because the market is so saturated. Is that true or is there hope for UF authors?

Replying to @KatiGirl90

Stick with saying contemporary fantasy and it will probably help. :) UF has been our for a while, and CF is kind of the new term. Fantasy right now is a bit difficult, but it will swing back eventually.

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

Alexandra Montgomery @AliBabaDeBooks

@LitAgentKelly Oh man! 😂 I feel like writers/agents/editors have different opinions on the actual definition of voice. If you don't mind me asking another question, how would you define it? Is it snarky? Is it descriptive from the mc POV? Is it stream of thought from the mc? #askagent

Replying to @AliBabaDeBooks

It’s hard to describe, but each author should have their own slant to it, and each character should be different in feel and description and tone. It takes a while to develop, and it should be less descriptive in a query and more focused on drawing in a reader, rather than

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Aug 24

Madeleine McLaughlin @Madoxane

@LitAgentKelly When a writer pitches to an agent at a conference, what does the writer need to do to make a favorable impression?

Replying to @Madoxane

Be kind, not cry, and be able to have a conversation! Keep your pitch to only a minute or two long, sticking to the main story arc and stakes. Allow time for the agent to ask questions, and allow time for general conversation should it happen, too!