Elizabeth MacKinney @Elizabe62668090Is there a bad day/ days, or a good day/ days in a week to submit your MS to a literary agency? What do you all think? I'm just about ready to send off my new MS.
#amwriting #amediting #amwritingfantasy #askagent pic.twitter.com/K6gB6U4nDX
Allie Therin @allie_therin#askagent If any agents are still willing to look at questions: when I finish polishing my new book to query-stage, should I offer it to the agents considering the full of my first, if they rep both genres? It's not a sequel, it's a new standalone.
Ken Poirier @theking4mayor@NaomisLitPix But I'm glad to hear there are more resources out there. I think for the 'new professional' they are rather hidden. Maybe there is a way to make the resources known without so much 'digging'. That could ease some of the tension out there.
Julie Patterson @julie_patterHow should an author go about deciding whether or not a market is already too saturated with a particular topic/theme when deciding which project to work next? We often believe our angle is different, but is there a point at which “different” isn’t enough? #askagent
Daniel M Scanlan @DanielMScanlan@NaomisLitPix @TracyMarchini Clearly detailed feedback is impossible, but what about one liners? "Not right for the current market", "Writing quality not there", or "List too full with similar projects." Anything like that would be enormously helpful to budding authors.
As much as I hear you on this, please refer to the other #askagent answers about how we must prioritize our time toward our signed clients first and their submissions, revisions, editor communications, covers, blurbs, promo strategy, next projects, subrights, contracts, etc etc.
Jessica Alvarez @AgentJessicaA@NaomisLitPix @theREELBrian I agree with @NaomisLitPix that everyone has different approaches. Maybe what that agent was trying to get at was your sales numbers with a small press might not be impressive, thus making you a harder sell. Just a guess.
E.C. Farrell @celiselott@NaomisLitPix Almost six months. I've heard that's the appropriate time to follow up, but I've also heard sometimes agents don't want you to follow up? I know agents are busy.
Frostrunes @FrostruneDragon#askagent I've been thinking of writing a Portal/High Fantasy but I'm seeing several agents actively stating they don't want portal stories. Is Portal Fantasy anathema now?
Kritika Rao @kritika_raoThey say if you aren't getting requests for partials/fulls, problem is your query not book. But what if *some* agents said, send us another ms you have or specifically said in their rejection that they liked the pitch but you still don't get asked for partials or fulls? #askagent
Case by case answer to this one. I ask for pages in addition to a query, so when I reject, it's often based on both the query+writing, or query wasn't for a story I want to rep, or the query was wonderful but writing didn't hold up. That rule isn't black&white for me #askagent
Brian C. Johnson @theREELBrian@AgentJessicaA #askagent #bookendchat I had an agent reject me because my debut novel was published by small press. She said it would be harder to sell me. I don't understand.
Serena Louise @Serena_L_ThomasIn the query, would you want a sentence outlining if we are working on any other projects alongside the one we've submitted to show we are working on something else? #askagent
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix@BookEndsJessica @jenwoodrum As a followup: sci fi is so broad it can include worlds that have dystopian feels and worlds that are far removed from it. Consider WHY the dystopian elements are there, and whether it would make a stronger, more rooted sci fi if framed without them.
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix@BookEndsJessica @jenwoodrum Indeed I am floating!
As my colleague Natascha said, we are experienced readers. When a dystopian is rebranded as SF, we see thru that, as dystopian has core elements we associate with that genre. But if the SF&plot is strong, a "dystopian feel" won't necessarily be a barrier.