Tara Is Open To Queries


Tara Gilbert, Associate Agent @jdlitagency | queer🌈 | Gemini/Cancer | she/her | Query: bit.ly/2scT7Uh

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The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Tara is open to queries @Literary_Tara · Apr 1

Terry Brewer @Stories2121

@Literary_Tara Also, what is "High concept Romance like RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE and THE BRIDE TEST."

Replying to @Stories2121

If you can pitch your book in one sentence, then that usually means it's a high concept. But since this pertains to my #MSWL, RWRB and TBT are big because they are more than romance, are smart and engaging, and pull in a demographic that doesn't normally read romance. #askagent

Tara is open to queries @Literary_Tara · Apr 1

Brandon Breen @BrandoBreen

@Literary_Tara How far do agents typically read through submitted pages? If, say, an agent requests ten pages in the query, and ends up rejecting it, how likely is it they got through all ten pages? I'm guessing if the pages don't resonate, then an agent will stop reading relatively soon?

Replying to @BrandoBreen

If I love the premise I'll read until I know I want a partial or until I realize the writing isn't there/pulling me in. Sometimes I read all of the pages, sometimes I read a few paragraphs. Sometimes I don't read the pages at all if the concept isn't there. #askagent

Tara is open to queries @Literary_Tara · Apr 1

S.J. Lomas ✍🏻 @SJLomasAuthor

@Literary_Tara Do many agents care to take an editorial approach and help their authors polish things up prior to submitting to publishers or do you just fall in love with what's already on the page and go with that?

Replying to @SJLomasAuthor

I'd say it depends on the agent. Some of us are editorial agents, but we have to fall in love with it still and have a strong vision for it. The writing needs to be there and we shouldn't have to do big edits, just enough to make it ready for editors. #askagent

Tara is open to queries @Literary_Tara · Mar 16

Casandra Chesser @casachess

@Literary_Tara What typically makes an agent not want to read more from a query package? Besides the obvious -- didn't check the #MSWL, not familiar with what an agent reps, typos and grammatical errors, etc. #askagent

This is going to be different for every agent. For me, if it's not something I rep or if the hook isn't there, I'll pass right away. If it is, I'll read the sample, and if they are good, I'll request. But I need to connect with the writing. 1/2 #askagent

Tara is open to queries @Literary_Tara · Mar 16

J Calamy @CalamyJ

@Literary_Tara #askagent there seem to be a block of publishers who are open to #RomanceWriters that submit directly, sans agent. Is that really a thing? I see miles of #indieauthors and not a lot of agents in my genre. This third avenue is confusing!

There are a lot of ways to be published and you need to ask yourself "why do I want to be published" and then decide the best avenue for yourself. There is nothing wrong with self-publishing, or submitting to an indie publishing house, or going through an agent. #askagent

Tara is open to queries @Literary_Tara · Mar 16

C L Cawley @C_L_Cawley

@Literary_Tara Are there any books published before you became an agent that you think ‘wow, I wish I’d repped that one?’ If so, why? And what aspects of that work are you desperate to see from anyone querying you? #askagent

I love this question! I wish I was the one who found V.E. Schwab, or Rick Riordan, or Maggie Stiefvater. All for various reasons, but mostly because they are all super inclusive and have great characters in their books. I can break it down more in the thread. #askagent