Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix@hwjohnston7 My $.02, for what it's worth - you definitely want to strike SOME familiar notes with your target audience. But that's more about what emotions your book evokes in your genre, rather than the events.
Predictable events or conclusions or even settings ruin it for me. *shrug*
On predictability (or originality) in your manuscript. #askagent (I wasn't actually asked, really, more just the natural development of a conversation that may be an answer to a question someone else is asking!)
Naomi Davis @NaomisLitPix@KCGallagher13 Several things stand out as repetitive in my passes. Often, the dialogue didn't feel natural & felt relayed to reader rather than b/t characters. More often: pacing didn't keep up steady. Even more: writing had an uneven quality, such as 2nd 30 pgs weren't as polished as 1st.
#askagent response about why I pass on full manuscripts. Other key reasons: multiple POVs were not deeply immersed enough for me to experience a cohesive story, characters who felt lifeless, story was predictable, plot wandered too much, worldbuilding lacked in multiple scenes.
KC Gallagher @KCGallagher13@NaomisLitPix Wow! So out of all those requests that didn't pan out, is there a similar thing that made you feel they MS wasn't for you after all?
InterContinentalBallisticMissile @InterMissile@NaomisLitPix You know... & this is an irrational idea in this modern world.... But if you ONLY accepted HANDWRITTEN query letters through snail mail.... Not only would you have 75% fewer queries, but you'd have 90% fewer waste of time unprofessional not ready to be a writer type queries
Just because they aren't "ready" doesn't mean they aren't worthy of my time, attention, and response.
Nor is my opinion the be all end all of responses.
And think of what I might miss for those who cannot afford the postage to send out a batch of 15 page q packets! #askagent
Jennifer SantaPutten 🌊⛄🎄 @JenVanderputten@NaomisLitPix I'm going to have to watch myself for this. My nature is to assume that I'll be lucky to get an offer at all & I might jump too quickly. Question: is it okay to let an offering agent know that you are going to take a little time to consider? What is a reasonable time period?
Great question! Definitely ask for time. Any good agent will be willing to give you 2 weeks. Inform all other agents with the full manuscript that you have an offer, giving them 2 weeks to respond. With any luck you'll be able to choose from several reputable agents! #askagent
Bumbling Gardenista @BumblingGarden@NaomisLitPix Omg. That’s like rejecting Chris Hemsworth for a first date... 🤪
Kate @katenicholas007@jody_hadlock @NaomisLitPix Do you know more or less which books you can sell to what publisher? I’ve found many publishers who want similar to what I’ve written but don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. As in, do you look at the whole of the market or just a set few publishers ?
That said, editor preferences are as wildly varied&subjective as agent preferences, and then they have the added step of convincing sales/marketing/etc that the book is a solid investment. Def not as simple as seeing a book is a good fit for a house based on prev pubs. #askagent
Jody Hadlock @jody_hadlock@NaomisLitPix Just saw this tweet in my feed & have a Q if you don't mind. When you request a full MS, how often do you sign that writer?
Kate @katenicholas007@NaomisLitPix What’s your biggest reason for rejecting? And what’s your biggest reason for accepting 🤔
My biggest reason for rejecting is that the writing wasn't ready. Or the story didn't feel original enough.
For accepting: the writing wowed me (original&dynamic voice) and the story felt like something I hadn't read before.
🔪 LD Slash 🔪 - Query Slayer 🔪🎃 @RealLDNash@NaomisLitPix Hi! May I ask your opinion on posting work on platforms such as #wattpad and #inkitt? Do agents frown on this? #amwriting
Danielle Simonelli @dmsimone99#askbookends #askagent @NaomisLitPix There are many documented sources / opinions on word count, but I'd like to know your thoughts - what is the upper bound for word count for a debut YA fantasy? Thanks again! And sorry I'm late to the discussion...
Tamara Rittershaus @TRittershaus@bookendslit #askagent As a PB writer, most guidelines ask for the full manuscript, so I never get a "request for full" or any other indicator that I'm on the right track. Is it ever appropriate to respond to a form rejection and ask, "Was my MS even close?"
Kristin Kumm Connon @kristinconnon#AskAgent @bookendslit How important is "correct" formatting of the MS in a query? I would assume its pretty important for requested materials.
MrsFriedman @MrsFriedman2013#askagent #askbookends w the over saturated markets of some genres (i.e. paranormal with vampires and shifters) what advice do u give a 1st time writer looking into representation in the market? Would seeking a smaller online only publisher ever be a recommendation from an agent?
I think it's important to remember that trends shift, swing, and surge over the years. What's oversaturated now might make another appearance in popularity at some point. What about writing something new in the genre you love, that breaks the tropes?#askbookends #askagent
MJ @MJWheelerNU#AskAgent if someone had custom concept art for a MS pinned to their twitter or other social media, do you enjoy looking at it? Does it add anything to your experience when considering a MS?
Mary Rowley @MRowleyWriter#AskAgent Hi! If an agent requests a full or partial based on my query, should I start a NEW email chain with subject line beginning “Requested materials: TITLE” OR should I reply to the agent’s reply that included my original query but change the subject line?
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?
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