Kelly Is CLOSED To Queries


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Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Ashbash 👑 @Ashley_addymom

@LitAgentKelly When you request a full manuscript do you always finish or do you sometimes stop if you know it’s a no go?

Replying to @Ashley_addymom

A lot of times agents will stop reading once they realize it’s not the best fit for them or isn’t quite ready. We unfortunately don’t have enough time to finish reading every full we request if we know it’s not for us.

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Christy Swift is querying @christyswift27

@LitAgentKelly Hi Kelly. Thanks! How often do you (and agents in general) ask for R&Rs? Do R&Rs usually end up as a contract? What makes you willing to take that extra step to do an R&R for a writer rather than rejecting?

Replying to @christyswift27

Not very often, actually! We have to really see something in the writer and the story and in my case, an R&R is more so giving the author the ability to prove they can handle the edits I’d be throwing at them, as well as making sure our visions align. :)

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

J.W. Berwyn @berwyn_j

@LitAgentKelly @CooksUpAStory I'm self publishing my first book, writing my second. Should I wait to see how sales are from my first book before I think about getting an agent for my second?

Replying to @berwyn_j

Well you don’t want to query agents with an incomplete manuscript! So finish your second book first, but make sure you’re not trying to have an agent represent a second book in a SERIES. They need to be two separate stories/series completely. :)

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

𓂀 Sam Nicholson @samapplepie

@LitAgentKelly @CooksUpAStory How did you become an agent?

Replying to @samapplepie

I started as an Intern and then move dup to an assistant/apprentice! Before the internship, I started as a book blogger. :)

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

M. Joan Morgan @mjoanmorgan

@LitAgentKelly Any trends you are seeing in your query box right now?

Replying to @mjoanmorgan

Thrillers and horror at the moment, which I’m totally down for! I’m so ready for the fall spook season! I’d love to see more ghosts too, and MG and Adult stories!

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Deidre Huesmann @DeidreHuesmann

@LitAgentKelly Compared to pages, how much does synopsis weigh on your desire to read more? Can it change your mind if you're on the fence?

Replying to @DeidreHuesmann

I’m the black sheep in this and I know it. I don’t like to read your synopsis unless I AM on the fence about requesting more pages. I know that a synopsis showing how your story unfolds can have a large impact on other agents though.

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 24 Aug 2019

Jacqueline Stefanowicz @J_PlainandFancy

@LitAgentKelly Why is it that some agents want a book proposal and others don't?

Replying to @J_PlainandFancy

Book proposals are usually utilized for non-fiction only! And sometimes if agents believe they can sell your next book (because they already sold one or a few) quickly, we may ask for a proposal and sample chapters in order to garner some interest in your next idea.

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 16 Feb 2019

Hope N. Griffin @HopeNGriffin

@LitAgentKelly Do I add something different for the agents? Maybe include future work ideas along with the current manuscript?

Replying to @HopeNGriffin

Nah, that would be a conversation to have with them if/when they ask and offer representation. :) You just want to personalize for the agents, so “I saw on your MSWL page that you’re looking for historical in the vein of Ruby from Cold Mountain. This manuscript has her voice and

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 16 Feb 2019

Cody DeBos - Writing @CodyDeBos

@LitAgentKelly Hi Kelly! Any tips for making a pitch/ms stand out in a YA dystopian market that can already be oversaturated?

Replying to @CodyDeBos

Oof, that’s tough. The only tips I can really give without knowing anything is to make it personal and write what you feel you need to write. Market yourself as a writer, not just marketing the book. And give specifics for comp titles (i.e. the games of The Hunger Games meets the

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 16 Feb 2019

MichaelLackey-Author @supes23

@LitAgentKelly I have a question. Why do agents not consider previously published novels unless they hit #1 status? I would love to sign with an agent for upcoming novels, but only have my current works.

Replying to @supes23

Because if you’ve already published, it means the rights are usually not for sale, and even if they could be bought, then it will cost more money to get out of the contract with a small press, so the book would have to have the potential of earning A LOT of money in order to make

Kelly is CLOSED to Queries @LitAgentKelly · 16 Feb 2019

Cathrina Constantine @cathconstantine

@LitAgentKelly What is the difference between voice and narrative in a story?

Replying to @cathconstantine

Hopefully this helps explain better. :) Narrative is usually insinuating a narrator, whereas voice has a bit more of a personal feel/connection with the main character.…