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HJ Haydt [WIP: 126K] @HJHaydtWill a high word count scare an agent off?
Not necessarily scare them off but different genres and markets in the industry have word count limits so try to stick to them when querying. #askagent
Noreen @naziaso@CorvisieroLit #askagent Would you ever take on a project knowing it needs work? @epubagent
I have in the past when my list was smaller and I could devote the time to the work and my client. But I currently don't have the bandwidth for it, so now I tend to pass on work that requires more than a simple editorial pass. #askagent
MZelaya @MZelaya8@CorvisieroLit What's the longest an author should wait for a response on a full manuscript request before realizing it's been considered a pass? #askagent
We respond to all queries but I would say if you have not heard from us after 12 weeks, nudge or check in. #askagent
nicole bea @nicolebeawritesIf an author receives a pass on one project but has another ready to query, do you recommend they send it right away to the same agent (if it fits their list) or is it better to take a break between submissions? #askagent @CorvisieroLit
Depends on the agency's submission guidelines. But most welcome seeing other work if they don't connect one project they may connect with the other. #askagent
nicole bea @nicolebeawritesDoes a too low / too high word count lead to an immediate rejection? #askagent @CorvisieroLit
For me, yes. I don't rep short fiction so I'm not the right agent for anything below 45k words (and that's low already). If work has a word count of over 200k, I'm immediately suspect of its quality. It likely needs some trimming & I don't have the bandwidth for it. #askagent
Kelly L. Swan Taylor @KellisLSTIs it better to look for an agent who fits your story (MSWL, that can change) or one who fits your style/how you work (i.e.: very editorial)? My inventory is broad and I hope to find an agent for the longterm.
It's important to make sure you target the agent whose MSWL matches what you've written, for sure. You can then discuss agenting styles with those agents who offer rep during the call. Don't limit your opportunity to have your book seen. #askagent
Sarah Seado @SarahSeado@epubagent To add to this question: I receive many “unfortunately, I have to be very selective” responses. Is this the nice way of saying “I didn’t like it”? 😂🙂
Hehehe maybe but better that they pass if they don’t truly love the work than have an agent who’s not fully invested in making the work a success for both of you. #askagent
Sarah @sarahjordan728@CorvisieroLit #askagent
If you receive a query where you feel like the writing style and talent are there, but the manuscript may need some polishing or further development, would you consider representation? Or are do you prefer a highly edited/polished MS?
Some agents are more editorial-based than others and will take on work they can help polish but they don’t have time to do full developmental edits. Remember that agents don’t get paid until the book sells so we prefer to rep woks that are ready for us to sell. #askagent
Kelly L. Swan Taylor @KellisLST@hannahvanvels @JasonHuebinger The most "feedback" I get is that it's not right for their list at this time. Seriously, what does that really mean? I research the agents extensively and write MG fiction (so not as many agents as other genres). I'm perplexed. #askagent
I can’t speak for all agents but for me, this usually means that the market is not right for the book with me. So, for example, right now, I’m not the person to send pandemic books. The work will not be right for my list. #askagent
nicole bea @nicolebeawritesIf an author has previously worked with small presses, do those releases get taken into consideration if/when an agent offers representation or reviews the query letter? Do they more often hurt or help an author? #askagent @CorvisieroLit
Small presses are great opportunities for debut authors so I like seeing them in author queries. I also research authors before offering rep and it’s great to see when authors have some publishing experience. #askagent
Jenelle Stone @Jenelle_Stone@CorvisieroLit #askagent
We often hear about what markets are saturated, but what types of books are in big demand right now? Do editors ask you to look out for specific things? Or types of stories?
So I know you’ve likely already heard this but the truth is that a good book, regardless of the genre or market is going to get picked up but I will say that this is probably not the time to pitch a pandemic book, or spec fic title featuring a worldwide event. #askagent