aobooks🇳🇬♦️🇺🇸 @aobooks__@NaomisLitPix #askagent is #dvpit a thing for you that you think is a good idea for authors??
Joanne Machin is querying! @heyjomachinI *think* I have a basic understanding of it as a writer—but I’d love additional input. “Voice” has been so huge in everything I read re:pub. What is your best answer to what exactly is “voice?” #AskAgent
aobooks🇳🇬♦️🇺🇸 @aobooks__#askagent #pb manuscript done and actually illustrated as well...can I submit this to an agent?
Jason Franz @TheBadgrProjectHappy quarantine #AskAgent I was wondering what the general consensus was for query letters...do you like it when we jump right in to the story and pitch and leave personalization for later in the query, or do you like us to lead with why we chose to sub to you?
I like a bit of personalization, but what matters is the blurb. The meat of the story. I need to know what the story is about way more than I need to know why you chose me... I'll know right away if it's right for me. But it's def nice to get a polite, personal greeting.#askagent
aobooks🇳🇬♦️🇺🇸 @aobooks__@bookendslit #askagent working on#scifi how can I get an agent? Also #pb and #ya #teen
The best way is to query agents when you have complete and polished manuscript! Each agent has submission guidelines on their website. Be sure to follow guidelines for each agent you query. The Bookends YouTube channel has some great videos with advice on how to query. #askagent
Mattie Noall @MattieNoallDo you like it if a writer tells you of other projects they have in the works too? #AskAgent
Jael R. Bakari @jaelrbakariWhat are some of the biggest hiccups encountered with agented authors? What advice do you give them to keep them pushing through the next book(s) at a sustainable rate? #askagent
Sasa Hawk @SasaHawk@NaomisLitPix Thanks for doing this! When a query rejection says that the agent would be interested in seeing your future work, is that genuine or just a polite nicety?
Jacob Tedrow @jatedr@NaomisLitPix What are the easiest factors for differentiating between young adult and adult fantasy?
Tiana Torres @tiananicole15@NaomisLitPix Hi Naomi. When you’re world building and introducing your mc in a ms, how soon should info like name, age, setting, etc. be revealed? Is there any sort of golden rule (e.g. name + age by page 10)? This is for ya contemporary if that helps!
MattiOGreen🐝 @mattiOgreen@NaomisLitPix I've been seeing the term "upmarket horror" a lot lately, & if it means what I think it means, it should fit the manuscript I'm working on. I'm wondering if you could talk about how you're seeing it defined, and if it's a genre that's sales are on the rise?
M.R. Kistler @MRKistlerWrites@NaomisLitPix Is there any hope for Heroic Fantasy in the market? I’m getting a lot of love for a manuscript, but nobody seems keen on adding the genre to their list right now. What’s the outlook?
Stacy A. Alderman @StacyAnneWrites@NaomisLitPix Why do so many agents (and readers and writers) discourage prologues? So many books I read have them! What’s the difference if it’s called a prologue or chapter one?
The Bi Shoulder Angel @Jonah_C_Byers@NaomisLitPix How often is a longer-than-normal word count a dealbreaker, not just for you but other agents you know?
Dan Fitzgerald @DanFitzWrites@NaomisLitPix Is it okay to re-query the same agent (or another agentin the agency) after a substantial revision (of both query letter and first 50 pages)?
Allison Lane @AllisonLane@NaomisLitPix Howdy Naomi! Here’s my ? Assuming you like the nf query, when you request more, how much of the proposal and manuscript do you want to see? What elements make it easier for you to absorb the content? Do you prefer a pretty graphic-designed pdf? Or a simple doc with text?
Iris Greene @WIP_IrisG@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit Situation: I've done my query research and there are 2 agents I like, but they're from the same agency. Do I query them both separately or just 1 of them? I've heard that if you query 1 agent at an agency then you're querying them all. T or F? How would I handle this? #askagent
C.L. Cook @CL_Cook_@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit How serious do you like to see queries written? Do you prefer a professional tone? Or could a light hearted/joking tone be okay?
My day job is pretty serious/professionally toned, so I never know if that carries over everywhere or if I can leave it at the door. ❤
JB McNeil @JBMcNeil15@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit So, #askagent, how often do agents go through queries on cell phones? Just realized that some formatting on my ms pages shows up really screwy on cell phones! Yikes!