Naomi Davis The Caffeinated

@NaomisLitPix

Eternally optimistic Literary Agent at BookEnds Literary Agency @Bookendslit She/Her. I giggle uncontrollably at autocorrects & movie bloopers. Autism parent.

BookEnds Literary Agency

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · Jan 16

A common #askagent issue: "OH NO. I made a typo in my query - have I blown my chance?"
#querytip - no, you absolutely have not blown your chance. Agents are looking for beautiful books that excite and entertain us. We are not concerned if you used the wrong form of "there."

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 18 Dec 2018

Gretchen A.Van Lente @GretchenVanLent

@NaomisLitPix third person family drama. The main characters is trying to piece together the story of her family, and she is hearing stories from people. And I am hoping the story tellers are visual, showing, not telling what happened. Thanks if you can enlighten me.

Replying to @GretchenVanLent

Told: "I watched her walk along, feeling helpless. She looked so sad. I didn't know what to do."
Shown: "She walked along,her head hung, dashing away tears every few minutes w/the back of her hand. I reached for her, but pulled my hand back. How could I help?"
#askagent #writetip

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 11 Dec 2018

Evette @EisforEarnest

#askagent #mswl Pardon me if I'm intruding. Anyone can answer this and multiple answers from multiple persons are appreciated. I'm trying to learn.

What do you wish writers knew before they started their writing/publishing journey?

Replying to @EisforEarnest

Not intruding! Ask agent anytime. :-)
I wish authors knew that rejection happens at every stage of the game - before rep, on sub after rep, and even bad reviews later. It's something to learn to embrace, not to fear. And it isn't indicative of your value as a creator. #askagent

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 11 Dec 2018

David Rozansky @DavidRozansky

Q from @CelesteHarte: Hello, I was wondering if someone could answer something that just occurred to me; do agents consider writing sites like Wattpad to be self-publishing? And does that hinder chances of representation? #AskAgent #AskPublisher

Replying to @DavidRozansky

I do consider Wattpad etc self publishing. If something has a ridiculously high number of readers there is a chance I can interest a publisher in it, but in general I stay away from watty projects. Best to bring an agent something fresh. #askagent Others may feel differently tho!

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 11 Dec 2018

Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix

@KCGallagher13 Several things stand out as repetitive in my passes. Often, the dialogue didn't feel natural & felt relayed to reader rather than b/t characters. More often: pacing didn't keep up steady. Even more: writing had an uneven quality, such as 2nd 30 pgs weren't as polished as 1st.

#askagent response about why I pass on full manuscripts. Other key reasons: multiple POVs were not deeply immersed enough for me to experience a cohesive story, characters who felt lifeless, story was predictable, plot wandered too much, worldbuilding lacked in multiple scenes.

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 11 Dec 2018

KC Gallagher @KCGallagher13

@NaomisLitPix Wow! So out of all those requests that didn't pan out, is there a similar thing that made you feel they MS wasn't for you after all?

Replying to @KCGallagher13

But MOST often, the skill level is where I needed it to be but it just didn't DRAG ME IN the way I'd hoped. It's a subjective reaction not indicative of anyrhing wrong with the book - just didn't make me feel like I MUST have it. #askagent

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 10 Dec 2018

Bumbling Gardenista @BumblingGarden

@NaomisLitPix Omg. That’s like rejecting Chris Hemsworth for a first date... 🤪

Replying to @BumblingGarden

An author needs to feel like *I* am the right match for them as much as I do. When I lose one, it does hurt (VERY much so!), but I'm glad they are confident in the direction they've chosen. I want the best for them+book, even if that best is not me. #askagent #querystats

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 10 Dec 2018

Kate @katenicholas007

@jody_hadlock @NaomisLitPix Do you know more or less which books you can sell to what publisher? I’ve found many publishers who want similar to what I’ve written but don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. As in, do you look at the whole of the market or just a set few publishers ?

Replying to @katenicholas007

That said, editor preferences are as wildly varied&subjective as agent preferences, and then they have the added step of convincing sales/marketing/etc that the book is a solid investment. Def not as simple as seeing a book is a good fit for a house based on prev pubs. #askagent

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 9 Dec 2018

Kate @katenicholas007

@NaomisLitPix What’s your biggest reason for rejecting? And what’s your biggest reason for accepting 🤔

#askagent
My biggest reason for rejecting is that the writing wasn't ready. Or the story didn't feel original enough.
For accepting: the writing wowed me (original&dynamic voice) and the story felt like something I hadn't read before.

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 24 Oct 2018

🔪 LD Slash 🔪 - Query Slayer 🔪🎃 @RealLDNash

@NaomisLitPix Hi! May I ask your opinion on posting work on platforms such as #wattpad and #inkitt? Do agents frown on this? #amwriting

Replying to @RealLDNash

Happy to weigh in. Personally, I don't work with Wattpad titles unless substantially revised into something new. But other #askagent folks may have other opinions, and I hope others will weigh in!

Naomi Davis The Caffeinated @NaomisLitPix · 12 Oct 2018

Kristin Kumm Connon @kristinconnon

#AskAgent @bookendslit How important is "correct" formatting of the MS in a query? I would assume its pretty important for requested materials.

Replying to @kristinconnon

I don't think you'll get rejected for, like, having different indentations, etc - that would be silly - but as a general rule, we read a LOT, so having easy fonts and double spacing is really important so our eyes don't bleed. #askbookends #askagent