Kelly 📚

@LitAgentKelly

Agent, PR & Communications at @CorvisieroLit . Khaleesi. Philadelphian. Pisces. She/her. Multitasks #LikeABoss . Gandalf of #TheFellowship . Tweets are my own.✌🏻

Philadelphia, PA

Corvisiero Agency

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

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Name Cannot Be Blank @ZaknafeinXD

@LitAgentKelly I'm working on a fantasy novel, and I think one of the chapters would work great as a short story. Would publishing a chapter in a mag hurt the chances of the book being reppes eventually? Thanks!

Replying to @ZaknafeinXD

Yes! Publishing anything online is still publishing and putting your words out there. It’s why publishing houses have restrictions on the amount of words an author can “publish” online as teasers for their upcoming releases and such. If you want to post online, keep the word

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Caitlin Sykes @_CaitlinSykes

@LitAgentKelly Do you work with clients on edits? If so what does that entail?

Replying to @_CaitlinSykes

I do! And most agents do as well, but it’s usually not as intense as editors at publishing houses. It can entail anything from developmental edits to content to line edits and word choice!

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

G.B. Lindsey @GBLindsey

@LitAgentKelly Your thoughts on the marketability of mixed/fusion genre? #askagent

Replying to @GBLindsey

It’s becoming more popular, but if it doesn’t have a solid foundation in something people know and understand, it doesn’t sell. It comes down to people buying what they know, but with a twist.

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Jenna Brownson @JennaBrownson

@LitAgentKelly An agent asked for a full MS in mid January. When should l follow up with her?

Replying to @JennaBrownson

Industry standard is usually three months, so three months from when you sent that full. Fulls take a lot longer to read and decide than queries, unfortunately! Hang in there!!!

Kelly 📚 @LitAgentKelly · Feb 16

Madison Lessard @madisonlessard

@LitAgentKelly Hi Kelly! I'm a freshman in college, and I'd love to become an agent or editor. I've been querying since I was 14, and I'm also an intern to an agent right now; it's my second industry internship. Do you have any tips about advancing my career efforts?

Replying to @madisonlessard

Hi Madison! That’s awesome! My best advice is to make connections everywhere you go and don’t burn any bridges. Your connections is usually what helps in this industry, in addition to your experience! And work hard, but set boundaries. These jobs can take over your life. ❤️