Naomi Davis, Literary Agent


Eternally optimistic Literary Agent at BookEnds Literary @Bookendslit She/Her. I laugh & love relentlessly. Autism parent. Author-me repped by @4triciaskinner

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Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · 22 Nov 2019

Sasa Hawk @SasaHawk

@NaomisLitPix Thanks for doing this! When a query rejection says that the agent would be interested in seeing your future work, is that genuine or just a polite nicety?

Replying to @SasaHawk

I can only speak for me, and it is often part of a form letter. For me, yes it is genuine but also part of a form letter. I NEVER want to miss the opportunity to read something new from an author no matter why I rejected on the 1st place. #askagent

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · 22 Nov 2019

Jacob Tedrow @jatedr

@NaomisLitPix What are the easiest factors for differentiating between young adult and adult fantasy?

Replying to @jatedr

YA vs A comes down to not only age, but the manner in which characters interact with authority and the maturity with which they approach things like conflict, confusion, fear, and doubt. Think of how teens handle these things vs adults. #askagent

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · 22 Nov 2019

Tiana Torres @tiananicole15

@NaomisLitPix Hi Naomi. When you’re world building and introducing your mc in a ms, how soon should info like name, age, setting, etc. be revealed? Is there any sort of golden rule (e.g. name + age by page 10)? This is for ya contemporary if that helps!

Replying to @tiananicole15

Name matters early on, but make sure it is introduced organically. Age can often be subtle and implied by showing activities, setting, or family config. Nothing "told" to the reader in a way that is not organic in the scene. Organic is challenging, but important! #askagent

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · 22 Nov 2019

M.R. Kistler @MRKistlerWrites

@NaomisLitPix Is there any hope for Heroic Fantasy in the market? I’m getting a lot of love for a manuscript, but nobody seems keen on adding the genre to their list right now. What’s the outlook?

Replying to @MRKistlerWrites

Absolutely there is. The market wants a FRESH take on fantasy stories without relying on Tolkien-esque tropes and worlds that feel generic based on previous saturation in fantasy. Also fresh, never seen before POVs #askagent

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · 22 Nov 2019

Stacy A. Alderman @StacyAnneWrites

@NaomisLitPix Why do so many agents (and readers and writers) discourage prologues? So many books I read have them! What’s the difference if it’s called a prologue or chapter one?

Replying to @StacyAnneWrites

Prologues are often a way of telling rather than showing. I'm not personally averse to them, but if the story functions just fine without it, sometimes it's best to get right into the rhythm the reader can expect from the whole book. #askagent

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · 22 Nov 2019

The Bi Shoulder Angel @Jonah_C_Byers

@NaomisLitPix How often is a longer-than-normal word count a dealbreaker, not just for you but other agents you know?

Replying to @Jonah_C_Byers

I can only speak for myself.
If you're a debut, a long word count = more expensive book to print = greater financial risk for publisher. If something is 20-50k over word count guides for genre, I might hesitate, but I never rej on that alone. #askagent

Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix · 10 Oct 2019

When I'm reading queries, I encounter a few common barriers in SFF. #querytip #amquerying #askagent
- A mythological twist goes in a very predictable direction. I know you're inspired by other things you've read, but YOUR original twists are what will make your book stand out.