Naomi Davis, Literary Agent
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?
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
Jacob Tedrow @jatedr@NaomisLitPix What are the easiest factors for differentiating between young adult and adult fantasy?
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
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!
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
MattiOGreen🐝 @mattiOgreen@NaomisLitPix I've been seeing the term "upmarket horror" a lot lately, & if it means what I think it means, it should fit the manuscript I'm working on. I'm wondering if you could talk about how you're seeing it defined, and if it's a genre that's sales are on the rise?
In general, "upmarket" refers to things with a stronger literary feel vs commercial. Horror itself does seem to be climbing, but I'm not sure I'm qualified to differentiate between upmarket and commercial with respect to that. #askagent
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?
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
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?
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
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?
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
Dan Fitzgerald @DanFitzWrites@NaomisLitPix Is it okay to re-query the same agent (or another agentin the agency) after a substantial revision (of both query letter and first 50 pages)?
Varies agency to agency! In our agency, you may always query multiple agents, but only one at a time. #askagent
Allison Lane @AllisonLane@NaomisLitPix Howdy Naomi! Here’s my ? Assuming you like the nf query, when you request more, how much of the proposal and manuscript do you want to see? What elements make it easier for you to absorb the content? Do you prefer a pretty graphic-designed pdf? Or a simple doc with text?
I really prefer a text document, double spaced. The content itself matters more than the presentation, to me. #askagent
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.
Iris Greene @WIP_IrisG@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit Situation: I've done my query research and there are 2 agents I like, but they're from the same agency. Do I query them both separately or just 1 of them? I've heard that if you query 1 agent at an agency then you're querying them all. T or F? How would I handle this? #askagent
Each agency has it's own policy. At Bookends, we ask you to query one agent at a time but if that agent passes you may query others. Check with each specific agency's website for their query policy! #askagent
C.L. Cook @CL_Cook_@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit How serious do you like to see queries written? Do you prefer a professional tone? Or could a light hearted/joking tone be okay?
My day job is pretty serious/professionally toned, so I never know if that carries over everywhere or if I can leave it at the door. ❤
I don't mind a drop of humor or personal connection as long as the query does tell me everything I need to know professionally and is clear and concise. What I LOATHE is self deprecating comments in queries. #askagent
JB McNeil @JBMcNeil15@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit So, #askagent, how often do agents go through queries on cell phones? Just realized that some formatting on my ms pages shows up really screwy on cell phones! Yikes!
I read a bunch of queries on my phone last night lol. Querymanager eliminates many of these issues for me. #askagent
Jessica Alvarez @AgentJessicaA@bookendslit @AuthorMeganVD Hmm. I think both paranormal and fantasy romance are tough right now, though I’m not looking for either subgenre. Maybe @NaomisLitPix or @wensday95 has more to add?
Epic fantasy with romance is viable for me but I'm really not on the lookout for PNR or UF. #askagent
Svea Vocke @svea_vocke@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit Hi! Do you also rep MG fantasy? And I’ve heard upper-MG might be a hard sell these days - have you see that too?#askagent (Sorry, Just realizing I missed time slot!)
Yes, I do, but I'm currently only open to adult queries. #askagent
Jean-Maré @jeanmaregag@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit It’s also plot A romance. So not paranormal? Do I query with YA fantasy/romance alone?
Query it as (YA if it is) fantasy and let your query show the romance!
Jean-Maré @jeanmaregag@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit I use an existing town so my world is real, but there’s magic and romance. But could it be fantasy and paranormal as well?
Sounds like fantasy to me! #askagent
Christine Roome @CSRoome@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit Is time travel / historical fiction considered magical realism or fantasy or neither? Think Outlander for teens. The only magic is in the time travel. #AskAgent
Sounds like Historical MR #askagent
Lynn Hooghiemstra @Nicky_Adams_Pen@bookendslit @NaomisLitPix #AskAgent is there still a market for WWII ? Either in YA or NA?
It is not something I am terribly interested in so I think another agent may have better advice. #askagent