Armanis Ar-feinial(Author) @Sarcastic_elf@RedPenKaitlyn Question: is there a time frame when you don't hear back from an agent that you should consider a pass on the project?
K Phoenix @KPhoenix_Writes@RedPenKaitlyn If we've queried you before, but the MS has been *significantly* updated are you happy to be queried again? And if so, how would you suggest mentioning it in a query letter? Thank you!!
Kaitlyn Johnson - Closed to Queries @RedPenKaitlyn@EJMcKennaWrites Lots of telling language, where we aren't in the character's head/feeling like we're experiencing the story rather than being told a story.
I'm a person who likes intimacy with characters and loves the internal emotion/physical reaction added to make it 3D #askagent
E J McKenna is querying @EJMcKennaWrites@RedPenKaitlyn What about the opening pages would make you stop reading?
Chris Johns @creativeChrisJ@RedPenKaitlyn Hi Kaitlyn, in a query letter, do put more stock in the brief synopsis of the book or the author's background and experience?
M.Rose is writing @mayroundstone@RedPenKaitlyn If you have a query letter that isn’t necessarily the greatest, how likely are you to read their work? I get that agents have a bazillion subs in their inbox and have to make quick decisions, I just wonder what might play a bigger role in your decision, pages or query letter?
I read pages unless it's 100% not a genre or elements of plot I don't represent (on screen rape, nonfiction, etc.). Many agents I know understand it's hard to write a query and we still consider at least your first page to gauge voice/style. #askagent it's usually a merge of both
Daniel James is pitching in PitMad!!👽 @uncannydanni@RedPenKaitlyn So I have a book I publish online (not the book I'm querying) that has a decent audience, how big of an audience do I have to have for it to be beneficial to me to include it in my queries under publications?
Arty⁉️🌹 @CuriousArtemis@RedPenKaitlyn Should you even bother querying if your book is about 20k over the "generally accepted" word count for that genre (in this case YA fantasy - I've been leaning towards adult because of the word count issue!)
Dragonness Wyverna @DragonnessRawr@RedPenKaitlyn How do you write a query for a boo with 2 authors? (Also, do you fill out a queryshark form for two authors?)
Ponderingcorporis @Ponderingcorpo@RedPenKaitlyn Also, would you ever take up a fantasy series if the first book was self-published, but there are 3-4 more left in the series?
Amy Nordhues @Amy_Nordhues@RedPenKaitlyn If an agent requested a proposal after meeting via zoom at a conference and they say they are busy but will get to it and say I can follow up as often as I’d like...how long do I wait before first check in?
David Neuner @david_neuner@RedPenKaitlyn Thank you do much for taking the time to do an ask agent session.
Could you share your thoughts on New Adult fiction and where you feel stories about the college experience should be marketed?
Jordan Safranski ✍🏼 Freelance Writer @JordanSafranski@RedPenKaitlyn Hi Kaitlyn! Something I always wonder is if having a strong social media following is something you take into consideration when you’re determining whether or not to represent a writer. Thanks! ☺️
Charles Petrie @october_fish@RedPenKaitlyn @JazdzewskiTara What's the thinking on an opening line that begins with a cuss word?
how important are beginnings to any length of story?
If it makes sense to the story/character, I don't have a problem with it. Depends on the agent, I'd assume.
Beginnings are the most edited spots! That being said, if the voice/situation/action isn't engaging or doesn't make sense to overall plot? You might get a pass. #askagent
Savannah Cash @cavalierbasil@RedPenKaitlyn If you have a series, and you've already written several of the books already, and you've fully plotted out the rest, should you mention this in any way in a query?
coffeehousescribbler 🇨🇦🇮🇪 @coffeehousescr1@RedPenKaitlyn Specific genres you prefer?
Jessie Knutson @JesKnutson@RedPenKaitlyn @dmniccoli They don’t age in the story. The story centers on family so I have multiple POVs with mature voices, but the agent wouldn’t see that in the opening pages.
defy every cynical narrative 🏳️🌈 @tehartley@RedPenKaitlyn @JesKnutson @dmniccoli Similar question: is there a good rule on whether people should query YA or adult agents for books that are crossover or fall into the "new adult" 18-22 age bracket?
Christopher Mowder @cmowder@RedPenKaitlyn Thanks for offering advice!
What's the upper end word count for debut adult fantasy? I've seen differing opinions online, from 110k to 125k words. I'm editing now and don't want to get axed from consideration just for being too long.
C. A. Crisóstomo🇧🇷🏳️🌈☂️ @CACrisostomo5@RedPenKaitlyn Hello Kaitlyn!
If I've made major edits on a submission that has been sent and close to the agent's ''deadline'' for an answer, should I email them and ask if they would like to review the new material or should I wait for the time to be due?
Thank you very much! #askagent