Natalie M. Lakosil
Literary Agent at the Bradford Literary Agency, making my way through adventures in agent land.
Frank Reynolds @BrightPurpleSky#askagentBLA what is a good definition for the word "query"? I want to ask but after googling it only confused me even more.
A cover letter that tells me the hook of your book, enough to make me want to turn to pages, perhaps why you chose to query me, and a little about who you are. #askagentbla
Caitlin LaRue @CaitlinLaRueIs paranormal making a comeback in fantasy to the point where agents are looking for it again? #askagentBLA
Sort of. The market is weird; people are looking for fresh. I think it still has to be fresh. #askagentbla
Sandy Jasper @SJJasperHow do you feel about commas?
Team Oxford, or no?
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I am highly controversially against the Oxford comma 😆 #askagentbla
Becky Langdon @BeckyELangdon#askagentBLA What do you think of "series potential" in a query? I'm writing a standalone book, but the concept lends itself well to a series. Not a trilogy or multi-part story, per se, but more individual "episodes." Should I bother saying "series potential," or is it overdone?
I don't personally think you need to say it, but it won't hurt anything. #askagentbla
Jen Marie Wiggins @JenMarieWiggin1#askagentBLA Have funny parody PB for bridal showers. It's PB w/last 2 page history/tips/gift ledger. Do I query NF or PB agents? Also, have done ton research to confirm changing bride book market, should I mention this or is it rude (bc agent would know market already) TY
Query agents who rep adult humor/gift books. Sure, mention your research. #askagentbla
Ameerah Holliday @Ms_Holliday93Do publishing certificate/ Masters programs help in regard to getting your foot through the agenting door? Any tips for some who’s trying? Thanks!
Not really. I mean, they provide mentorships sometimes, or could lead to an internship which could lead to a personalized connection, but they're really more for craft than business. #askagentbla
Susan @SusieSlushPile#askagentBLA Agents are looking for writers with “voice” - what does that mean to you? What about a MS makes you perk up your ears and twitch your whiskers?
See how you peppered your tweet with a personalized viewpoint - you likened me to a cat - why would she liken me to a cat? Does she love them? What does that say about you? About what you think of me? That's voice. #askagentbla
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Just gonna...leave this here... adventuresinagentland.blogspot.com/2011/03/ya-vs-… #askagentBLA
🍂🍁Alaysia Jordan🍁🍂 @Alaysia_Jordan#askagentbla are unusual writing formats or concepts/WIPs/MS without on-the-nose comp titles frowned upon? (It's a weird question)
No? I don't frown if I don't get a comp; I'll think of them if I have the vision for how to sell it. But if you can't find one exact, give comps that have pieces of your work - like, the voice of X with the eclectic style of X. #askagentbla