Sara Megibow

@SaraMegibow

Literary Agent at KT Literary. Reading, parenting, hugging, table top gaming, baking challah, kayaking and wine tasting. Always LGBTQIA+ friendly!

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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · Jan 10

Publicity tip for published authors = Add a link to your book's Goodreads page to your author website.

#agenting
#pubtip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 4 Nov 2019

To avoid in #queries = "like all teens, XXX wants..."

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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 30 Oct 2019

When promoting your book (social media, website, bookstore events, cons, etc), remember to promote ALL formats.

Example, "Available now in print, ebook and audiobook"

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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 21 May 2019

Here's the original query letter for AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by New York Times bestselling author @MarRogerson =

writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/g…

#queries
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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 2 May 2019

It's royalty statement season again. It's common for money in publishing to go up and down like a pinball (advances, royalties, returns, subrights deals, etc).

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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 18 Apr 2019

#pubtip

A royalty statement reports units paid for by retailer* to publisher (not from consumer to author)

*retailer defined as bookstore, library, Amazon.com, Target/Walmart/Costco, grocery stores, airports, book clubs, etc.

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 5 Apr 2019

Workshop: “Revisions For The Win” with @susan_litman at @caldreaminwrite

Read an edit letter then...wait. Sit with it a bit. Let it percolate.

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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 1 Apr 2019

Before sending a query, here is an #edit #pubtip =

How does your protagonist grow/change from the beginning of your story to the end?

I see too many queries without strong enough character arc. #queries

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 19 Mar 2019

Great conversation yesterday about pen names...

#penname #pubtip

- yes, pen name/ pseudonyms are fine!
- yes, over the course of an author's career, multiple pen names are fine!
- no, you don't have to have chosen your pen name at the point you query

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 12 Mar 2019

#agenting

I can't speak for all agents but, for me, editors don't always get back to me. I'm not offended and it's just part of the process. Onwards...

Just FYI that this is normal.
#normal
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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 8 Mar 2019

Both are legit answers but, I think, have very different approaches to publishing.

Just something to ponder.
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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 4 Mar 2019

#pubtip = today's query is likely a 2021 book.

Yes to "this would be a great summer read!"
No to "this would be a great summer 2019 read"

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#queries

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 27 Feb 2019

#agenting #pubtip #reminder

Money flows like this: Publisher --> Agent --> Author

- Agent has 10 business days, only, to turn around payments

- Money must go from Publisher to NON interest-bearing checking account for the Agent

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 26 Feb 2019

"take a moment and identify your protagonist’s fatal flaw, and make sure that it plays a role in both the character arc, and the plot." = helpful article by @Janice_Hardy

#pubtip

blog.janicehardy.com/2019/02/sunday…

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 21 Feb 2019

#PubTip

Author gets a 2-book deal.
Book #1 is delivered and Book #2 is due, say, in a year.

During that year, author may also write any of these things as long as it doesn't "Interfere With Timely Delivery Of Book #2"
- IP work
- short stories
- other series
- next book
- ETC.

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 4 Jan 2019

#pubtip = Agent's First Priority = negotiate, submit, pay, strategize, read, coordinate, connect, audit, follow up, file, share, thank, support, nudge, prep, email, celebrate, promote. For Current Clients.

Second Priority (after everything above is done) = read queries
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Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 29 Nov 2018

#PubTip

Say you published 3 romance novels with Penguin Random House from 2015-2018

AND you self published 3 romance novels in those years.

You are a hybrid author and you have TWO publishers = PRH and YOU.

#agenting

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 27 Nov 2018

#PubTip

A note on the Delivery Dates Clause in your contract...

Delivery clause doesn't mean an author can't write/ sell other books. It means author can't write/ sell other books that would interfere with on-time delivery of contracted book.

#agenting
#contracts
#clearasmud

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 26 Nov 2018

#PubTip
If you sign contract with Big 5 publisher, some things you own:
- copyright
- advance
- your royalties

Some things you don't own/ control:
- cover/ title
- price
- metadata
- distribution
- release date