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 · May 21

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

writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/g…

#queries
#pubtip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · May 2

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).

#pubtip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · Apr 18

#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 · Apr 5

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

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

#pubtip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · Apr 1

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 · Mar 19

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 · Mar 12

#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
#pubtip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · Mar 8

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

Just something to ponder.
#agenting
#pubtip

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · Mar 4

#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"

#agenting
#queries

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · Feb 27

#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 · Feb 26

"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 · Feb 21

#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 · Jan 4

#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
#agenting

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

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 8 Nov 2018

Published Author #PubTip =

If your agent/ publisher has sold audiobook rights for you, that's GREAT!

Please please please please please promote the audiobook on your website including narrator and buy-links!!

@JaleighJohnson does it correctly here: jaleighjohnson.com/the-mark-of-th…

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 25 Sep 2018

Great #pubtip from last week's #KTLitRetreat18 =

If you're reading an excerpt from your book at bookstore, library, school, launch party, etc., end the reading on a cliffhanger.

#excerpt
#surprise

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 27 Aug 2018

Statistically speaking, it’s very likely your book needs editing/revision before pursuing an agent/book deal.

Critique parter/ beta reader/ critique groups/ etc. can be a huge help in pre-submission preparation.

#pubtip #agenting

Sara Megibow @SaraMegibow · 14 Aug 2018

#PubTip = I've heard this mantra about publicity for years and just wanted to share:

- What works (in publicity) every time? Word of Mouth
- How do we control Word of Mouth? We can't, alas

So we put together a publicity campaign to elevate visibility and...hope.
#agenting