Tara Is Open To Queries
Terry Brewer @Stories2121@Literary_Tara Also, what is "High concept Romance like RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE and THE BRIDE TEST."
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
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?
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
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?
If I absolutely love the concept and the writing is great, but just needs a little help, I would totally consider it. #askagent
Rob @RobertPolk2@Literary_Tara I was deep into drafting a virus induced postapocolyptic #MG with contemporary family issues. Should I keep writing it or shelve for now? Thanks. #askagent
There will probably be agents who will want to capitalize on that story, but I'm not one of them. Lol. So that is truly up to you. #askagent
Terry Brewer @Stories2121@Literary_Tara If one has written and self-published erotic romances under a pen name but wants to pitch a non-erotic romance with their own name, should they mention the other stories in a query?
Yes, I think that would be helpful to mention along with the penname. #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?
Editors also have manuscript wishlists too and as agents, we build strong relationships with editors so we know what they are looking for. #askagent
Emily Bonar @emilyjbonar@CorvisieroLit Does an author sign for one book or for every book she writes with this agency? #askagent
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?
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
Cara Devlin @CaraDevlinBooks@Literary_Tara My previous agent and I have parted ways mutually and past, unsold submissions are mine to do with as I please. Will a future agent consider a project that has previously been on limited submission? Thanks, Tara!
Yes, as long as the contract allows for us to do so. Also, you want to mention this in your query. #askagent
Cara Devlin @CaraDevlinBooks@Literary_Tara If an author's previous agent subbed a completed ms to a handful of editors (say 6 or 7) who passed, can the author use that ms to query a new agent? Thank you! #askagent
It would depend on what your contract terms are with that agent. #askagent
Mackenzie Littledale (what are words again?) @MackenzieLitt13@CorvisieroLit #askagent
I saw a tweet that agents are getting flooded with queries now. Is it better to wait til after the pandemic is over to resume querying?
Agents are always flooded with queries. I wouldn't wait! The only reason to wait is if your manuscript isn't ready. #askagent
Emily Bonar @emilyjbonar@Literary_Tara Hi! Is an author an independent contractor with this agency? Is this typical for most agencies? Thank you. #askagent
Yes, basically, because they get a 1099 for their taxes. So you are especially your own business. #askagent
Case&Firefly @CaseFirefly@Literary_Tara #askagent It seems that 10 years ago "speculative fiction" was an umbrella term for SF and F. MSWL's now seem to treat it as a third thing. Maybe more real world? Do you have thoughts on what speculative fic is in the current markets?
I'll try my best to answer this, but I think it's very subjective. For me, it's a broad umbrella of fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and anything that isn't decidedly one genre. Like with anything, it's evolving right now. #askagent
Tara Gilbert 🔮✨ @Literary_TaraThis 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 twitter.com/casachess/stat…
Grammar is not the end-all (unless there is a ton!), but if there is too much telling, not enough worldbuilding, passive voice, repetitive use of words, or bad sentence structure, I'll pass. 2/2 #askagent
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
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
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
Laura Genn 🐉 @LauraGenn@Literary_Tara How is coronavirus affecting agents’ and editors’ jobs right now? Is it still an appropriate time to query? #askagent I hope y’all are staying safe!
I don't think anything has changed much. Everyone is saying "business as usual" and I know most of us are still working our butts off. 😂 #askagent