Tara Gilbert ✨

Literary Agent

KT Literary

Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑

Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

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 Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

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 Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

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 Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

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

Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

Case&Firefly @CaseFirefly

@Literary_Tara TY. How do you conceive the difference between upper MG and lower YA? It's some combination of theme, age, and length, and it's murky waters for us.... #askagent

If I want to be black and white, I'd say MG is 11 to 13, and lower YA is 13-15, but it really depends on voice, topics, who your target audience is. Where do you see your book on the shelf? Sometimes it's best to say "MG with crossover potential into YA" or visa versa. #askagent

Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

Leigh Haddington @leighhaddington

@Literary_Tara Not even for new unreleased work if the previous work was successful?
Replying to @leighhaddington

As long as the work hasn't been published previously, I'm happy to look at it, but the author would have to query me. I don't seek out self-published authors. #askagent

Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

Casandra Chesser @casachess

@Literary_Tara Hi! I've been curious about this. Are writers penned in to one genre, pretty much, or can they hop around -- i.e., write a sci-fi novel, then a mystery, then romance, whatever the case may be? Or does that damage their career? #askagent

Hi! I personally don't mind if authors write in several genres. Sometimes the author will use different pennames for each genre to not confuse their fans. I would say if you have a general brand or writing style that fits several genres, that's great! I've seen it done! #askagent

Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips
Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

Leigh Haddington @leighhaddington

@Literary_Tara @LombardEmma Missed it? if not, do you ever look through self published authors looking for any gems that didn’t go through the trenches?

I do not. I haven't heard of any other agents doing this either. I'm sure someone might have though. Most agents won't take on self-published work since it's tough to get a publisher to agree to publish it. #askagent

Tara Gilbert ✨
@Literary_Tara
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at @ktliterary | 🌈she/them | ✨magical | opinions my own | Gemini ☼ Pisces ☽ Capricorn ↑
245 MSWL
46 AskAgent
25 Tips

Case&Firefly @CaseFirefly

@Literary_Tara Hi, Tara. So, I'll start a biggie. Do you see yet any changes with publisher plans or the submission process with the current economic changes? #AskAgent (and did I do this right?)

Hi! Everyone I have spoken to, and even with the tweets I have seen, everything is business as usual with adjustments of working from home! I think there should be expected slow-down as people adjust, though. #askagent