Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group Literary Agent
Michelle @_MitchK@Mark_Gottlieb Do you always reply to full manuscript requests? #tmgtalks
Hi Michelle, the #TMGTalks have closed until next time. Not clear on your Q. Are you asking if I always respond to queries w/ a full MS request? Then the A is yes. Hope that helps. Otherwise stop by the next #TMGTalks thread.
Dana Pringle @danapringle72@Mark_Gottlieb #TMGtalks I've had an editor line edit my manuscript. Does it matter to an agent in a Query that the editor is credited?
It's not necessary to let the agent know that a manuscript has been professionally edited. Of course, any manuscript or query letter that comes in should already be polished. #TMGTalks
Dana Pringle @danapringle72@Mark_Gottlieb #TMGTalks I am a Canadian. Is it a bad idea for me to pitch to New York agents or is the international thing a non-issue?
There's absolutely nothing wrong with having an international background as a new author. In fact, we have many clients from Canada! The question is more so about whether you hope to have a bigger presence is the U.S. and internationally or primarily in Canada. #TMGTalks
James Breakwell @XplodingUnicorn@danapringle72 @Mark_Gottlieb Actually, I'm pretty sure he still represents zombie books...
James wrote Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Granted that somehow fits within nonfiction/humor. In fiction, I’m rarely looking for zombie books unless it’s really well done. This article might help #TMGTalks m.mythcreants.com/blog/will-your…
Nadine Avola @NadineAvola@Trident_Media I’ve got another ☺️! When a writer signs with an agent, how in-depth are the contracts? Do they cover everything from book covers to movie deals, or do those types of contracts come later when/if that type of media comes calling? #TMGTalks
Our agency agreements are simple & fair. Looks after interests of agency & author. Usually covers length of term of representation & restates commission structure. There are All Works Term Rep agreements, Single Work Term Rep, & Print Publishing Only Term Rep agreements #TMGTalks
Alisha V Roy @Alisha_V_Roy@Mark_Gottlieb What do you see as the next trend in #publishing ? #TMGTalks
It's hard to say what the next trend in book publishing will be as no one really has a crystal ball. For instance, who could have predicted 50 Shades or Harry Potter. I always believe that it's best to be making waves rather than following in the wake of others. #TMGTalks
Kerstin Wolf @Kerstin_WolfWhat are some good books on editing and publishing that you would recommend for someone trying to become a literary agent? #TMGTalks
In looking at my own bookshelf, I see The Chicago Manual of Style, Writer's Market 2017, LMP, Publishing for Profit, The Art of Literary Publishing, Another Life, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and a subscription to @PublishersWkly & @PublishersLunch can't hurt #TMGTalks
Audra McElyea @AudraMcElyea@Mark_Gottlieb @unrealismbooks Do you think this is still true during the holidays? #TMGTalks
The holidays can slow things down but I've found that pitches going out to publishers this time of year is slow. The same goes for incoming submissions to literary agencies so this could actually be a good time to be submitting to literary agents who have free time! #TMGTalks
Colleen Davis @pondandwoodsMemoir: dead or alive in 2018? #TMGTalks
Memoir can be tricky since it shares qualities with fiction. Fiction relies on quality prose; nonfiction relies on an author's platform & built-in readership but sometimes a bestselling memoir can come out of nowehere! Take @JDVance1 or @CherylStrayed, for instance. #TMGTalks
Selena DelValle @selenadv7When agents say it's a subjective business when rejecting a query, is that just a nicer way to say the manuscript won't sell #TMGTalks
Sounds like it's an honest way of saying that in the literary agent's own opinion, they don't feel confident that they could sell it, but that another literary agent or literary agency might feel differently. #Publishing is a highly-subjective business #TMGTalks
Audra McElyea @AudraMcElyeaIf a few agents have your full/partial should you send them updates if you make changes due to other agent comments/feedback? Changes are mostly sentence struc/flow/pacing type things rather than plot #TMGTalks
Good to have interest! Best to submit a manuscript to literary agents once you've done all that you can with it. Making changes to a manuscript already on submission could disrupt the reading process. Of course the literary agent and editor will help with edits later on #TMGTalks
Paranormal is a struggling genre at the moment in #SFF & #RomanceBooks. Check out this article that might help in recategorizing your manuscript called "Will Your Subgenre Prevent You From Being Published?" bit.ly/2kYyfMA #TMGTalks
Angela Inez @AngelaInez7#TMGTalks
What is the difference between upmarket fiction and commercial fiction?
Upmarket fiction is the marriage of literary & commercial fiction. Examples of such books I have worked on are @KateMoretti1's THE BLACKBIRD SEASON, @NB_Chris's TROPIC OF KANSAS, & @Bard_Queen's THE DRAGON'S LEGACY #TMGTalks
J. R. N. Martin @africanraingod#TMGTalks I asked about Steampunk stories because I find a lot of agents don't seem to be looking for that. Would that be considered historical science fiction now?
Please see my other tweet to you. The article I sent explains that #steampunk is a cold genre right now in #bookpublishing so maybe call it something else like gaslight fantasy or gunpowder fantasy #TMGTalks
J. R. N. Martin @africanraingod#TMGTalks Is steampunk still a viable genre? for adult fiction
J. R. N. Martin @africanraingod#TMGTalks What needs to go in a good query letter?
A good query letter is a 1-2 sentence hook, followed by a couple of body paragraphs on the manuscript's story description, and last paragraph should be a 1-paragraph author bio, listing relevant writing experience and credentials. It should all fit on one page. #TMGTalks
Nancy Johnson @NancyJAuthorWhich books have you read this year that you wish you had represented? 😀#TMGTalks
So many good books I've read all though the years I wish I could have represented. Book from my pleasure reading this year include The Sand Warrior by @MarkSiegel, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, and Slade House by @david_mitchell #TMGTalks
Tiffany Daune 🧜♀️ @TiffanyDaune@Mark_Gottlieb @cynthialamb With "YA on hiatus", if an author already has an established YA readership, would you advise switching genres for future manuscripts? #TMGTalks
You must write what you've set out to do, but with the current landscape in children'd books I suggest writing #YA that's important and unique enough to stand out in today's #bookpublishing marketplace. My colleague @abuckslater is very knowledgeable in this area #TMGTalks
Dave Evangelista @daveten1@Trident_Media Are agents looking for a particular kind of presence (social media, publication, etc.) from a potential debut novelist? Thank you. #TMGTalks
Quality writing first & foremost. Authors will become household names by extension. Awards, pieces in lit mags, advance praise, etc. can help show relevant writing experience, credentials, and a community built around authors, but platform means more to nonfiction #TMGTalks
BrightFlame @BrtFlame@SarahPhair @Mark_Gottlieb @cynthialamb Thanks, that was my q. (hook or not to lead a query) Some agents say get right into MC & plot and don't bother w a hook to begin your query. Any more advice on the "solid, fresh" part?
I'm more fond of beginning the query letter with the hook since we get so many emails a day and need to get to the point. So it's best to bring that important info to the forefront. Ultimately it's quality writing and the strength of the hook that will win the day. #TMGTalks