Kelly 📚

@LitAgentKelly

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

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Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Kurt Von @kkurtvon

@LitAgentKelly I've hired a freelance editor for the first 10k words to send to an agent. Should I have the entire manuscript edited as well. Or do agent's work with us on the rest?

Replying to @kkurtvon

I can’t tell you what to do, but agents aren’t here to do the work of editors. We simply try to give you the best chances of selling to an editor/publishing house. :)

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Gabrielle Vizcaino @ellieviz91

@LitAgentKelly okay, how do you personally as an agent decide what to take on when sifting through queries and such? #askagent

Replying to @ellieviz91

When I have a vision for a manuscript! If I know how to make it stronger, what to fix, what needs work, etc., and generally have a vision for where I can take it, I know it’s a good fit for me! Especially if I get excited and get along with the author too!

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Ava Tusek @ava_tusek

@LitAgentKelly Do you think it’s better to start a query with your manuscript’s hook or down to earth facts like genre, word count, “I’m querying you based on your interest in...” etc.?

Replying to @ava_tusek

You could do either! If the genetics like genre, word count, etc., aren’t at the top, then they should be after the query and easily distinguishable so that we can pick it out. :)

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly

@LVanBrakle Khadijah, you don’t need to justify anything about yourself to anyone. If you know it and believe you can say it’s an own voices story, then call it an own voices story. State what you’re comfortable with on why it’s an own voices story, and let your writing do the rest. If they

Replying to @LitAgentKelly

Have questions or would like clarity, then they can ask you and you only need to tell them what you’re comfortable with. If it feels like an own voices story to you for one reason rather than three, then you have a right to say that it’s an own voices story.

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Khadijah L. VanBrakle 🇨🇦 @LVanBrakle

@LitAgentKelly As a marginalized author, do I have to share every marginalization of my MCs?

My MCs are #AA #LGBT #Muslim. Can I justify the #own designation if I don't share all three?

#askagent

Replying to @LVanBrakle

Khadijah, you don’t need to justify anything about yourself to anyone. If you know it and believe you can say it’s an own voices story, then call it an own voices story. State what you’re comfortable with on why it’s an own voices story, and let your writing do the rest. If they

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Keli Vice @kelivice

@LitAgentKelly #askagent If I responded to a “full” request from an agent and have followed up several times but received no reply, when should I consider it rejected? It’s been nearly a year. Should I withdraw the submission or just let it go?

Replying to @kelivice

I’d just let it go, in all honesty. I do know sometimes it takes that long to get back to full requests of agents are buried because we have to actually read through all of our submissions, which takes time. But if they do end up going through your manuscript in a few weeks and

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly

@AllenVCheesman Enables writing to not be such a lonely process too. You have someone in your corner! But you need to make sure you do your research and actually get a good feeling/get along with your agent. Make sure they rep all of the genres and age ranges you write, or are open to it. And

Replying to @LitAgentKelly

Just make sure that if you want an agent, they’re the right fit for you and what you need for your career. Communication, editing, equality, and connections are the big arguments for agents, and are the biggest things to assess when finding the right one.

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly

@AllenVCheesman Oof, this is a large question. The biggest benefits is that agents are needed for the most part in order to be traditionally published. They’re your biggest champions and if you find the right one, will fight for you and negotiate for you so that you can focus on writing. And it

Replying to @LitAgentKelly

Enables writing to not be such a lonely process too. You have someone in your corner! But you need to make sure you do your research and actually get a good feeling/get along with your agent. Make sure they rep all of the genres and age ranges you write, or are open to it. And

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Allen V. Cheesman @AllenVCheesman

Questions for authors with a literary agent or for literary agents:

Pros / Cons of securing an agent?

Value added benefit? Y / N and why?

Lessons learned?

Advice?

#writingcommunity
#amwriting
#PublishingQuestion
#SaturdayThoughts
#literaryagent pic.twitter.com/VgbZKpIWGM

Replying to @AllenVCheesman

Oof, this is a large question. The biggest benefits is that agents are needed for the most part in order to be traditionally published. They’re your biggest champions and if you find the right one, will fight for you and negotiate for you so that you can focus on writing. And it

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

CallistaCox @callista_cox

@LitAgentKelly How frequently do agents request that writers submit a fiction proposal? Is it something that all writers must have, or is it only requested by certain agents?

Replying to @callista_cox

Fiction proposals would probably be rare and only by certain agents. Usually nonfiction requires proposals, and fiction utilizes queries in order to acquire agents. I sometimes utilize fiction proposals to help sell my current clients, though. :)

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

L. R. Evans 🐚🌊 ❄ @LLynnevans

@LitAgentKelly Can you give me examples of books with great voice? 💚

Replying to @LLynnevans

Oh wow, okay. What type of genres are you looking for? Right off the top of my head, Laini Taylor, Victoria Schwab, Jenny Han. I’m actually going to put this out to the Twitter-verse and let them help!

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Hope N. Griffin @HopeNGriffin

@LitAgentKelly Is a query to an agent different from a query to a publisher? Or are they both written the same?

Replying to @HopeNGriffin

They’re slightly different, but the basis of them is the same. I usually write the pitches to editors, rather than my authors. I do have them help me edit it though. 😉

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

LG Kelso @LGKelso

@LitAgentKelly How do you feel about previously self-pubbed authors? Do you prefer they have a different pen name?

Replying to @LGKelso

It can help to change your pen name if you had some really poor sales before, but usually if you appeal to the agents you’re querying just saying that you realized it wasn’t the best way to go into the industry and are hoping to change into traditional publishing and are open to

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Alexander Morris @LAMDA_AM

@LitAgentKelly Appreciate the offer, duly accepted!

So, synopses are crazy and infuriating to write. What are your key turn-offs for a synopsis and could you recommend any go-to guides, gold-standard examples, or best practices?

Ta!

Replying to @LAMDA_AM

Haha, boring, simple, and repetitive sentences! Most people think they can just “tell” their entire synopsis, and that’s not the case. The best advice I can give is to write it as if you’re still writing it from your MC’s POV so that you’re showing more than telling! And if you