Allie Levick @AllieLevick👋Hey #amquerying authors! If you receive an offer of rep (🎉🙌✨) I’d recommend replying on the same thread to check in with the other agents who have your mss (then they can easily read the sample and see correspondence) and ADDING “OFFER RECEIVED” to the existing subject line.
Rachel Tomlinson @RachLTomlinson@SecretAgentBri What trends are you seeing in #PB publishing? And in such an overcrowded market what makes a pb manuscript sing to you?
K. SCURRY @_KSCURRY@SecretAgentBri Do you prefer queries that start personalized (comp titles, word count, etc.) or queries that start with the story/hook?
Bridget Baker @BGBakerWrites@SecretAgentBri Also, do you read your own fulls? Or have an assistant pre screen them?
Bridget Baker @BGBakerWrites@SecretAgentBri What does it look like when you adore a query? Fall in love with a full? When do you request at each step, and when do you offer? Who else do you talk to about it, if anyone?
A.K. Stone🌱 @heyitsAKS@SecretAgentBri I know a lot of publishers don’t accept poetry, but what about the sort of novels that are written in prose-style poetry? i.e. Ellen Hopkins, etc. Is a story of poetry more accepted whereas a collection is not?
GatNy @eowyn_nygaard@SecretAgentBri Hope I'm not too late for this. But if you write a comp as "My book would appeal to readers of______ and _____," Can you get away with using big name titles? I want to use Perks of Being a Wallflower and Eleanor and Park but does that come across as too boastful?
Allie Therin @allie_therin@SecretAgentBri Thank you for doing this!! (1) Is it okay to assume agents are open to LGBT/diversity in submissions even if not explicitly stated? (2) If my new book is a different genre than my current query, should I look for agents who rep both? #askagent
Koji @KojiADae@SecretAgentBri Thanks for doing this!
1) Do you look at a potential client's website, and if you do, what do you like to see?
Rosalyn Ransaw @RosalynRansaw@SecretAgentBri what’s one thing that used to be on your mswl but isn’t anymore and pi *coughs* I mean why? #askagent
Flint Dibble @wfdibble@SecretAgentBri How do you organize queries?
I imagine some are quick Nos for one reason or another.
Some might be a quick, yes, that sounds interesting, please send me more.
What about queries that fall in the middle?
Michele Thornton @michelethorn@SecretAgentBri What's your favorite dark comedy in YA?
Elizabeth Pope @elizaylottpope@SecretAgentBri What makes you light up when you start a query letter?
Laura Todd Carns @LauraToddCarns@SecretAgentBri Is it an automatic turn-off if someone lists critically-acclaimed, much-buzzed-about books as comps?
M.E. Walker @MEWalker7@SecretAgentBri Does YA have to have romance to be enticing? #askagent
Miri C Golden @MaryCWallis@SecretAgentBri What’s your process for subbing to editors?Is there an established relationship? How does that all work?
Brett Rushing @BrettRushing@SecretAgentBri are portal fantasies dead on arrival in an agent’s inbox? #askagent
Kaylee Errecaborde @KayleeMyhreErre@SecretAgentBri If we are a first time novelist and realize we started agent submissions about four drafts too early #newbie, will agents consider re-submissions?
A. Guillemette @AGuillemette87@SecretAgentBri I have one question. I'm writing a YA novel with a 10 y/o protagonist. Agents keep telling me it's MG because of this, but the subject matter is DISTINCTLY not MG. It's a YA story. I can't change his age either for the story I want to tell. How would you query around this?
Lindsay R Thompson @LindsayRoylance@SecretAgentBri When pitching a multi-POV story, is it best to include all POV characters in the query?