Naomi Davis, Literary Agent (they/them/she/her)
Katy M @nightspunwriterMissed the #askagent hour but if anyone's still checking - I have 3 different MS in 3 different age categories - do I need different agents for each, or to find someone who will represent me across all categories?
Jesse Rue-DeLuca @J_RueDeLuca@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit Question : What exactly are agents looking for in a query letter?
lolita parekh @atlolis1989@TracyMarchini @sarakapadia @NaomisLitPix @bookendslit I have the same question but for a fantasy author. Is it something I should even mention in my query letter? #askagent
Tanya Lynn 📚📝💖 @RightBookz@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit What makes you request more information from a query.... such as a rush of excitement about a story or perhaps a gut feeling? Basically, is your decision to contact based on emotion or more so on what the market is lacking. 😀
Steffi is Querying @clumsiesteffi@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit At what point should an author shelve a project and move on?
Shay Fan @ShayFanThank you @NaomisLitPix @jmcgowanbks @TracyMarchini & every @bookendslit agent! If anybody has time for one last Q: after a Twitter pitch event is there a time frame you expect a response from authors when you 'like' a pitch? #askagent
LoganMusselman @LoganMusselman@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #askagent I see suggestions everywhere regarding word counts for genres. How often do you receive a query that exceeds the word count, but still gathers enough interest for a full request? I guess an example would be an epic fantasy at 200k rather than suggested 120k max.
LJ Thomas 🏹 @ljthomasbooks@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit Sorry I'm a little late, but if you have time to answer:
What percentage of query packages in your inbox would you say are strong, but you reject for fit/market/etc reasons?
Here are my recent stats. Of the rejections, probably less tan 5% were ones I was on the fence about, but my reasons for NOT being on the fence can have to do with fit/market/etc. I couldn't gauge a percentage; varies month to month. #askagent
Joel Chalmers 📚🌲 #Vote @PBWriterJoel@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #askagent Thanks for answering our questions. I'm sorry I missed the hour, but I do have a quick question. In QM, do you like to see a synopsis for PB queries? I know most agents read the whole PB story, so I'm wondering if a synopsis is helpful. What would you like to see there?
Kyle Williams @KyleWil92098018@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit How far out do agents typically try and forecast markets? I worry that I've written a novel that won't be "In" by the time it's edited and ready for querying, plus the 18 months of preproduction. Thoughts on the market for NA/Adult Cyberpunk/Dystopian Mystery? #askagent
We strike a balance between "book I loved" & "book I can sell." Sometimes it is guesswork. We rely heavily on our conversations with other pub pros to determine what we think we can sell to publishers.
Your category sounds extremely broad. Can you narrow that for me? #askagent
Jayson @realityjaysonj@NaomisLitPix, if I submit a manuscript and it is rejected, is it acceptable to reply back and ask "What would have made you say 'yes'?" or is that considered unprofessional?
Geri Imler @GeriImler#askagent Do you recommend that a querying writer have a membership to Publisher's Marketplace in order to stay the most up to date on deals/agents/etc? Any other resources that most agents use that #amquerying should consider or know about to help with the querying process?
mary maeve mcgeorge @marymaevemcg@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit yes! a few critique partners who loved my last query, and then just hired someone as well but always open to more feedback. do you have any critique partner community recommendations? would love to connect with more writers if i could too! #askagent
lolita parekh @atlolis1989@bookendslit @NaomisLitPix #askagent Sometimes it's difficult to fit into a specific genre (the big group are fine i.e. fantasy, crime, romance etc. But what about the 'sub-divisions?) What is the best tip you have to figure out which 'branch' the book fits into.
Kara Mugleston @klmugle@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #askagent, how long is it acceptable before sending in a follow up email to an agents at BookEnds?
Mark Budman @budman_mark@NaomisLitPix Certainly. But I don't mean feedback or critique. I mean that perhaps agents could send the same encouraging form rejection they send now only to the above average queries, and a bit more subdued response to everything below that. That can be a form in both cases.
mary maeve mcgeorge @marymaevemcg@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit lovely to hear ☺️ do you think a no response rate is any indication the query itself just isn’t good enough, or just that the agent is busy? i’m planning on submitted my next batch shortly but wanted to hire an editor to change it up a bit and have some variety out there. thanks!
Ruby 🦜 @rubyjorita1@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #askagent I have 2 questions (if that's ok)
1) If you had to estimate, out of all the queries you get, what % do you actually continue on to read the opening pages?
2) Also (estimating again), what % of the total queries would you say are strong, even if you pass?
Here are some of my current stats. Unanswered are "unanswered yet" (haven't read them). Of the ones that I pass on, I'm probably only on-the-fence for 5% of them or less. It's usually quite an obvious decision. #askagent
Mark Budman @budman_mark#askagent
When I published a magazine, I had different tiers of rejections. They all were forms, but some were more encouraging than the others. What seems to me that agents send the same encouraging form rejection to everyone (except than it's an acceptance, naturally). True?
Depends on the agent. I would love to give more feedback, but A: that can do more harm than good on only a small sample of the manuscript, in which a perceived problem may not be representative of the rest of the book, and B: I don't have time with 1000s of Qs per year. #askagent