Tara Gilbert ✨
Sarah Adler @sarahaadler@Literary_Tara Ah 36 mins... hopefully you're still answering!
If querying an agent with a new ms when they rejected a previous full, should you mention that in the query letter and if so, what's the best way to phrase it?
You could. But I don't think you have to. I would just say "I previously queried MANUSCRIPT and loved your feedback and thought you would be interested in MANUSCRIPT 2."
Tallie Rose *preorder Sea and Flame now* @_TallieRose@Literary_Tara What makes you instantly roll your eyes in a query?
When people say "this is the only book of its kind" or "this is the best book you will ever read."
Anytime either of those things has been said, they were very untrue.
Cheyenne Campbell 🧜🏼♀️ 🍄 🦄 @chylu@Literary_Tara Is there truth to the idea that most agents won’t read a requested full until the author gets an offer from someone else?
That's not true at all. At least not for me and the agents I'm associated with. Often times I don't even have time to read when I get a notice of offer, so I have to pass because I can't make the 2 wk deadline. I always try to be the first to offer.
Kathleen S. Allen 🏳️🌈🏴☠️😷💙 @kathleea@Literary_Tara Do you share queries/pages with colleagues if the story doesn't seem a good fit for you?
Alix not Alex @alix_jo22@Literary_Tara I’ve got two but feel free to pick one😅
Book question: what’s one thing you want to see on an author’s website when they haven’t published yet?
Personal question: do you have a favorite place to find Tarot decks and if so where?
1) I don't often look at author websites unless they have been published. Mostly, because I judge a book by what's inside, not by a website.
2) Everyone! Kickstarter, Instagram, my Facebook tarot group, google, amazon. Lol
Kyra M. Nelson @KyraMNelson@Literary_Tara re: recent discussion of twitter pitch contests. Would you rather see fewer big contests that have a ton of pitches or more events that are narrowly tailored and would have fewer participants?
Mari J. Silva @MJ_Silva_Dia@Literary_Tara For an author who is not based in the US/UK, are there any relevant differences between agents from UK vs the US? Will it affect one's career and publishing process?
I'm from the US and my international clients will probably tell you that there is a difference between agents. I think our markets are very different, so what we pick up will be very different. I also start my submissions in the US unless my clients specifically ask me not to.
K Callard @k_callard@Literary_Tara How do you know when to dump a ms? If your CPs say your query & chapters are strong, but all you get is form rejections, is there any point in continuing to query?
That is entirely up to you. I've seen people get agents after years and 100's of queries after reworking their MSs several times. If you no longer feel love for the project, it might be time to try a new project.
ava is elsewhere @mothmime@Literary_Tara how long have you been agenting/ what drew you to publishing initially?
I've been an agent for almost 2 years (in April), but I've been in publishing since 2017 as an intern. I kind of fell into it through my writer group. Decided to try the internship and fell in love!
N.A. Pearson (she/her) @NAPearsonWrites@Literary_Tara What's an insta-reject from you?
Anything that has to do with pregnancy usually. I'm not a mom and I have no plans on becoming one, so I don't relate to the stories enough to champion them the way they need to be.
Also not a fan of contemporary romances with men in uniform. Police, military, etc.
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?
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?
Mary Boone @boonewrites@Literary_Tara Are you actually finding publishers who want to buy MS right now? Or is everyone in a holding pattern?
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
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?