Rachel Brooks


Agent at BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit . Cat mom. She/her. Query form: QueryMe.Online/RachelBrooks


BookEnds Literary Agency

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Mar 26

Karen McCrae @farmfreshkaren

@bookendslit How important is my assessment of a genre in the query letter? For example, my MS is adult, but could be considered commercial, contemporary, and possibly others all at once. How to narrow down, or do I? #askagent

Replying to @farmfreshkaren

Don't have to exclude any of that. I pitch things "an adult upmarket historical mystery" or whatever. When it gets bad/weird is queries that say it's an adult romance/mystery/scifi thriller (where would it be shelved!?) #askagent

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · Mar 26

Noreen @naziaso

@bookendslit #askagent If I receive an R&R do I have to let the agent I've queried? Thx!

Replying to @naziaso

If you agree the notes make your book stronger, you could notify everyone you're doing revisions & will send updated ms when ready. Then everyone is reading the strongest version. When I give an R&R I don't expect exclusivity but make sure the agent doesn't expect it #askagent

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · 28 Feb 2019

Shelly Campbell @ShellyCFineArt

If a publisher has made an offer on a book currently subbed out to agents, is an email with subject line of: publication offer made on ‘title of manuscript’ sufficient to bring it to the agent’s attention? #AskAgent

Replying to @ShellyCFineArt

Yes, definitely including that you have a publication offer in the subject line so they know it's time-sensitive versus just you nudging if they've read it yet (and congrats on your offer if this is the case right now for you!) #askagent

Rachel Brooks @RachMBrooks · 28 Feb 2019

Rachna Chhabria @RachnaChhabria1

An agent once emailed me apologizing for the delayed response to my partial, saying she had put my manuscript in her "Maybe" pile. I thought agents were always clear about a rejection or acceptance. #AskAgent

Replying to @RachnaChhabria1

Sometimes they might be waiting on second reads, or on the fence because they love certain aspects about the book but not others, or think it needs work but are trying to figure out if they have the vision for how to fix it, etc. #askagent