Randi Lynn Mrvos @RandiLynnMrvos@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit Thank you all at BookEnds for offering #askagent. Question: in a query does the character want and what prevents them from getting the want belong in the one sentence hook in the 1st paragraph or in the book description in the 2nd paragraph?
lolita parekh @atlolis1989@NaomisLitPix @BradleyGosseli1 @bookendslit I was under the impression that in a Query letter we shouldn't say anything about a series but just say it's got the potential, as it may get rejected pretty quick otherwise. Can we mention it then or does it depend on the agent?
mary maeve mcgeorge @marymaevemcg@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit in your opinion, are things slower in the publishing industry right now? i submitted at the end of september to about ten agents but haven’t heard a peep. i’ve heard this is the case for many who are querying, but would love an agents perspective!
mary maeve mcgeorge @marymaevemcg@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit what are your thoughts on non-standard formatted submissions? along the lines of rupi kaur or sally rooney.
I am always eager to see authors try new things. Writing is an art. But also a communication tool. I find sometimes it's harder for an author to gauge if unique formats truly convey what they are trying to communicate outside their own head. Seek lots of feedback 1st! #askagent
Ashley Mespelt @AshleyMespelt@NaomisLitPix @jmcgowanbks @bookendslit Which is better? A quick rejection, one that’s taken a few weeks, or is it all the same? #askanagent
N. H. @hemrajaniwritesIs it okay to requery agents if I’ve changed the MC’s age, significantly changed the word count (for the better), and decently changed the first chapter and query letter?
Naomi French @NaomiFrench16@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #askagent If you submit a MS that is turned down, then overhaul said MS so it reads totally differently, is it okay to resubmit? Or is the first version a good indication that the agent isn't looking for your style/genre etc? Thank you!
Cristina Raymer @craymer328If I wrote the pb I'm querying as part of a series, should I mention that? Or is it better to have multiple different pb manuscripts completed before querying in case an agent asks for other work samples? #askagent
Debra Lynn Shelton 📚🎼🌈🌊 IG: dlsheltonwrites @debralynnlazar@NaomisLitPix @AgentJessicaA @bookendslit Another question: if a junior agent is hoping to offer rep but has to talk to a sr agent first, would you want to know if you had req a full? Or would u rather wait til there's a solid offer? #askagent
🌔Vanessa 🌖 #BLM 🍁 (Latinx RomCom WC 9k) @vanessaepeay@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit I know this varies by agency but how does it work if a writer decides to write outside their category. So say I did MG/YA and then decide to do adult romance? Does it get help from another agent or does the writer have to query again? #askagent
Leslie Wibberley @feismom@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #asksgent How would you describe an adult contemporary romance with a speculative element of it’s only a tiny part of the story?
Gabrielle voted @GabtheAuthor@NaomisLitPix @ShayFan I recently queried someone and opened with a common twitter thread we were on but now I realize she probably wont read my query for like a month and may not even remember the thread- so now I feel like it just sounds weird and not the "bonding moment" I was hoping to illicit.
Debra Lynn Shelton 📚🎼🌈🌊 IG: dlsheltonwrites @debralynnlazar@NaomisLitPix @AgentJessicaA @bookendslit It's nice to know you recognize the name. 😊
Bradley Gosselin @BradleyGosseli1@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit My question: do you prefer a stand alone novel from a new author or would you like a series, knowing you’ll have several titles to work with an author to grow with? (Say for SFF) #askagent
Either is fine for me, and pubs often have a different vision than I do (they want a duology where I see a trilogy, or a trilogy where I see standalone). Good to tell me in the Q how you envision it, and if I offer, let's have a convo about that potential direction. #askagent
NaNoWriMoranth @nevertheroseIf I'm getting a lot of "this isn't quite right for my list" rejections, does that mean my query is fine and I just haven't found the right person, or is that a nice way to say it actually needs work? #askagent
Maya Darjani is fake NaNoing at 13K @DarjaniMaya@NaomisLitPix @vanessaepeay @bookendslit What happens if you have two manuscripts out and you get an offer on one (that's not ideal, but sometimes there's a bit of overlap before shelving an ms...) #askagent
Gabrielle voted @GabtheAuthor#askagent So I have 71 rejections w/ no feedback. I had a bad #revpit experience where I was told that because I published a childrens book that no one would take me seriously as a #HistFic author cuz my career path is too vague. Should I be leaving the PB off my query?
Chad & Dad Richardson @ChadandDadRich@NaomisLitPix @nicolebeawrites How many at a time? Six to eight? More? Less? #askagent
Every agent will have a different opinion on this. Make a spreadsheet of all the agents who are a good fit for it. Are there 20? 40? Choose a percentage & query them, but not all at once, because if you get feedback and want to change something, you can b4 sending more. #askagent
nicole bea @nicolebeawritesIf an author has multiple completed manuscripts ready to query, would you recommend they send them to one agent, one at a time, or is there a different process that author should follow such as simply indicating in their query letter they have other projects? #askagent
Cast a wide net. Query a handful of agents at once with your manuscript. You want to have your pick of multiple offering agents, if possible! You can query more than one project, too, and if you get an offer, let the other agents know you have an offer on a diff proj. #askagent