Michelle Young @michelle13136@RedPenKaitlyn How do you feel about more "zoomed in" fantasy stories? Like a story that takes place in a fantasy setting but is more focused on a smaller cast of characters and not so much the whole world? Instead of a big war, it's more focused on a personal battle, etc?
Ana Gardner🦔 @whataremetaphor@RedPenKaitlyn @WannerCheryl (if i can sneak another q in) what would be a good spot for upper MG historical? some conflicting MG word count guidelines out there for upper...
LivMacy @MacyLiv@RedPenKaitlyn If you could give one piece of advice to someone in the querying trenches, what would it be? #askagent
Michelle Young @michelle13136@RedPenKaitlyn How formal should I be in a query?
A M Duperre (Doo-perry) @A_M_Duperre@RedPenKaitlyn For comps, do you prefer”x meets y” or do u like to know why they’re comping to those stories?
Ania is querying (save me) @aniasova@RedPenKaitlyn @marisasalwrites Is there a market/interest in folkore-inspired YA fantasy at the moment? (Slavic in my case) #askagent
Evan Dave @EvanDave8@RedPenKaitlyn, how would you feel about reinterpretations of popular Western fantasy novels given a non-Western twist? For example, something analogous to Lord of the Rings from the perspective of the Haradrim (or what J. Carey did with The Sundering books)?
Michelle Young @michelle13136@RedPenKaitlyn My WIP does have a character who has experienced sexual trauma, e.g. she refuses to go into a certain part of town because it's where she was attacked. Would something like that be okay? It doesn't happen on page.
Jasper Worms @jasperworms@RedPenKaitlyn Awesome, thanks for doing this! That structural format in particular is handy. One last Q: If pitching a problematizable source (Lovecraft/Dracula), is it better to get ahead of assumptions or better to reveal purposeful subversion of "immigrant invasion" story if inorganic?
Ania is querying (save me) @aniasova@RedPenKaitlyn If an agent doesn't like a query, is it common that they will skip reading pages? (assuming the query is within the genres they rep and follows guidelines) #askagent
Cheryl Wanner @WannerCheryl@RedPenKaitlyn What is the word count guideline for YA contemporary?
Michelle Young @michelle13136@RedPenKaitlyn Have you ever auto-rejected a query, and if so, why?
L. Dean @designerldean@RedPenKaitlyn How long does it usually take for an agent to decide on a full request?
Sarah Underwood @s_e_c_underwood@RedPenKaitlyn how serious is your aversion to stories based (loosely) on greek mythology? let's pretend I'm asking for a friend
Margaret A. F. @snowysil@RedPenKaitlyn @e_parman piggy-backing on this! Would something we saw on your MSWL post be count? e.g. "i'm querying you because I saw that you're looking for a ghost hunter story and LGBTQIA+ protags"? or is that still too vague/ bad to quote your mswl back at you? #askagent ty!
Tom @DelusionalWrit@RedPenKaitlyn My 1st chapter (which every agent asks for) seems unrelated to my story for the first 3/4 of the book. I fear this disconnect between my query and my first chapter may cause confusion or a feeling of dissonance. But then I really like the story layout. Should I doubt my strategy?
M.A.Greene PHYSICAL DISTANCING 2 FLATTEN THE CURVE @MAGreene996@RedPenKaitlyn I heard for a YA SFF the the word count shouldn't be over 100k. Is that true? If it is how many words over that is acceptable without more than likely going in the slush pile?
Michelle Young @michelle13136@RedPenKaitlyn What's the best advice you could give to an author sending out their very first query?
Tracy Meinzer @tmeinzer@RedPenKaitlyn What are the top reasons you reject queries?
E A Hill @BansheeHill@RedPenKaitlyn Does a mediocre query letter ever keep you from reading the sample pages?