Naomi Davis, Literary Agent
Lia_B @umm_Melia#AskBookEnds #AskAgent Is it okay to send queries for new adult to agents who represent YA? Or is it better to stay on the safe side and only query agents who represent Adult fic?
If it helps, "Crossover" is the word that is used to indicate the "new adult" age range without implying that it's a "New Adult" novel (college romance, typically heavy on sex/partying). #askbookends #askagent
Sunyi Dn @Blind_NycterisHope this is okay to retweet this thread as an #askagent #AskBookEnds twitter.com/Blind_Nycteris…
Marketability is so tricky to predict. What's hitting shelves now usually sold 1-2 yrs ago. It's almost easier to tell what's NOT marketable based on what was on the shelves a few years ago. Following #MSWL does help see repeated patterns agents/editors asking for. #askagent
Anna Lissiman @AnnaLissiman#AskAgent + #AskBookEnds How should one specifically resolve problems w/ a ms if feedback suggests the agent cannot connect with a mc? It's a vague question, perhaps - are there good articles we can reference? ((Feel like I'm over-thinking this))
So many possibilities to why an agent doesn't connect w/ character. Could be due to problems with interiority, or infodumping, or bland voice,or bored character, or could simply be agent's reading preferences.Rejections are all subjective. Crit partners can likely help. #askagent
danmartel @danmartel12Any literary agents looking for a paranormal/ suspense book ? @Janet_Reid @NaomisLitPix @SoCalledYALife @mariskreizman @BookEndsJessica @BGBakerWrites
I think querying per our respective website guidelines is a good idea. #askagent
Heather @duvalheather@NaomisLitPix Not sure if you are still taking questions but if you are... I'm drafting the first novel in a three book fantasy series and wondering what the best way is to present the scope of the series to an agent?
Best to tell us the primary plot of the first book! With statements like "This is the first in a planned series following the ongoing conflict between..." #askagent
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@RappyWrites I'm also tagging @NaomisLitPix, the @bookendslit fantasy queen. #askagent #MSwl
Querying either is fine - a good agent will want to discuss both of your projects should she be interested in offering rep. 110k isn't prohibitive in fantasy. #askagent
Mark Salzwedel @markdsalzwedel#askbookends #askagent I know editors at major publishing houses, and I could pitch them myself (one liked 2 pitches, declined 2 others), but I'd like to see if I could get a better deal with more competition. Better to go with the personal relationship alone, or shoot higher?
Editors - even ones you know - won't take it personally when you sign an agent to help with any stage of the process. I always recommend going with an agent - we do a lot for that commission, and get a lot of details ironed out for you. #askagent
Manddy @DMandzz@BookEndsJessica @bookendslit @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix When considering an author's work, do you always read the accompanying pages? Or do you throw some out bc the query is a horror show? #askagent
If it's within genres I'm seeking and seems like an interesting concept I always look at the pages. Sometimes I don't get all the way through them though. #askagent
Melanie Harding-Shaw @MelHardingShawI'm aiming to query agents from next month. I'm based in Wellington, New Zealand where the 2020 WorldCon will be. Is it realistic to think it could be published in 2019 and use the Worldcon publicity opportunity as a selling point in the query? #askagent
Things move at such an unpredictable pace in publishing that I would caution you not to cough up a bunch of money for a table or booth at an event on the chance that you will be published by that date. #askagent
Justine Manzano @justine_manzano#TeamBookEnds My manuscript has a prologue from the POV of my antagonist and happens centuries before the main portion of my story. I know so many are anti-prologue, but it’s the only early clue to the magical part of my romance with a sprinkle of magic. How to handle? #askagent
Tough to say. Personally I really like to dive straight into the perspective of the eyes through which I'll experience the rest of the story. #askagent
Katie Maximick @KMaximick@BookEndsJessica I've seen mixed feelings from agents towards using comparative titles in query letters. Should we, or shouldn't we, compare the book we're pitching to other works? #askagent
Comps need to be accurate. It's better to NOT comp than it is to inaccurately comp, but we do like to see them if they fit. #askagent
Meg Walker @MEWalker7@BookEndsJessica @rejohnsonauthor Forgot to #askagent Sorry😳
Right away. "I sent you an earlier version of this project but hope you will consider it again now that I have adjusted the pacing to firmly root it in the thriller genre" or something. #askagent
Nancy @OfficialNancyA@BookEndsJessica @NaomisLitPix @bookendslit @AgentJessicaA Ive been waiting for this moment! 😬
What advice could you give to writers who are struggling to place their stories in the correct genre? 🤕
What kind of genres do you think it tiptoes between? #askagent
Jessica Alvarez @AgentJessicaA@ekettle @BookEndsJessica @bookendslit @NaomisLitPix Possibly. A title change isn’t enough but if there are substantial changes, you can query again, outline the changes, and hope you get another request. #askagent
Do be up front that it's a revision, though. When things "feel familiar" and we don't know why, it can frustrate us. #askagent
Kristin Kisska, Author @KKMHOO@BookEndsJessica @bookendslit @AgentJessicaA @NaomisLitPix #askagent If an MS is a mashup of 2 genres, can you mention both in a query/pitch or stick with one? Thanks in advance!
Best for us to see one clear genre label with "elements of..." or "a thriller feel..." etc. We have to think about bookshelf positioning so having a clear genre is important. #askagent
Laurel Hill @LaurelHillBooks@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit @BookEndsJessica @inthesestones @BookEndsKim @wensday95 @AgentJessicaA I’m always revising my query letter with hopes of developing a better hook. After getting a rejection, is it bad to re-query the same agent a 2nd or 3rd time with the revised query? Or is it immediately deleted once they recognize the MS title? #askagent
If the project itself was revised, it's not a bad idea to re-query. But a rejection on the project is not always based on just the query letter, so best to try other agents if you haven't revised the project itself. #askagent
Jonothan Pickering @SFFjonbob@NaomisLitPix As someone with a professional viewpoint do you think it's more of a general trend for new fiction to be increasingly diverse or is it just the bubble of my social media timeline that makes this appear to be the case?
Diversity is not a trend in any facet of life. Diversity is reality. Our world is diverse. Publishing is beginning to recognize that&work toward closing gap between reality & what is presented as reality in books&other forms of media. So much more work to be done, too. #askagent
Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife@BookEndsJessica @IceRequiem88 @jamerrson @bookendslit @TracyMarchini @NaomisLitPix Personally, I am not sure an adult POV is needed. Imagine your reader is 15, how would they even be able to relate to an adult mindset? I would day scrap that POV and focus on the teens.
I agree wholeheartedly with Natascha. #askagent
Swearingen Durham @SwearDurham@BookEndsJessica @bookendslit what are your thoughts on this thread? #askagent
I believe your work will come across most authentically (& enjoyable to read) if you write what you are good at writing. Mentioning diversity in a query that is not OV isn't really necessary; it comes across as "checking boxes" rather than natural inclusivity. #AskAgent
As always, just my opinions & other agents may feel differently. But if you're struggling to fit your epic fantasy into a book that appeals to traditional publishing, I hope this helps. #amwriting #amediting #amrevising #amquerying #querytip #writetip #askagent #writerslife #SFF