Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife@Anushi_mehta @bookendslit Can I circle back to you? I am not in my office and I am terrible at titles, and my chapter books are on my rolling cart. #askagent
Anushi Mehta @Anushi_mehta#askagent @bookendslit
What are your top chapter book reccos- particularly stories that are culturally diverse / based on POC
Karen McCrae @farmfreshkaren@bookendslit How important is my assessment of a genre in the query letter? For example, my MS is adult, but could be considered commercial, contemporary, and possibly others all at once. How to narrow down, or do I? #askagent
You need to know where your novel would sit in the bookstores. B/c it is only going to sit in 1 place. Take Outlander for example. Originally, it was shelved in romance. Now it is shelved in fiction. But it is also historical and sci-fi. But it is mostly romance or fic #askagent
Kara Mugleston @klmugleIf an agent represents one of my books (an MG), would it be more likely for them to represent another book (a YA)? #AskAgent
Joanne Machin is querying! @heyjomachinAny quick tips for assessing and improving pacing in a ms? :) #askagent
Chad & Dad Richardson @ChadandDadRichHow do you expect the slow down in the economy to impact the publishing industry? Do you think it will slow things down significantly? #askagent
I mean we are all kind of stressed and some have admitted to having a hard time focusing, but people need books. And we need queries. So BookEnds is moving like normal. Will we see things effected, yes, but we work 2 years in the future, so we need to work for 2022. #askagent
Jael R. Bakari @jaelrbakariI know every scenario is different, but are there any commonalities in agent/author relationships...i.e. things communicated about regularly besides deadlines? #askagent
i do alot of author care: talking about new projects, how we feel about editorial responses, if they need me to step in for them, also being second eyes on their work. Really we are kind of like gardeners meets best friends, always there to lend a hand and prune things. #askagent
Emily Bonar @emjbonar@bookendslit #askagent What's a topic in #PB that you haven't seen in the past few years that you would love to see as a literary agent?
BookEnds Literary Agency @bookendslit@ShiraZwiren Start looking for internships and make sure you’re very well reads in the current marketplace #AskAgent
Kim Lionetti @BookEndsKim@Nicky_Adams_Pen @bookendslit @NaomisLitPix Unfortunately, I think historical in general is a little tough for YA. You never know, though, when a trend will change...
James McGowan @jamerrson@TalynnL @SoCalledYALife @BookEndsJessica @bookendslit No, you can save that for the synopsis. You want to get us intrigued for me. #AskAgent
Laura Lavoie @lhlavoieHow important is it for authors who are yet to be published to have an author website? #askagent
Julie Weathers @Julie_Weathers@inthesestones @ICT_Pinup @bookendslit #askagent Some writer friends were discussing comps the other day and one mentioned a television show. "Fans of this show would probably enjoy your book." It would make a good comp, but...it's a television show. Should I keep casting for novels?
I mean I did this for a MG I sold. It is perfect for fans of the AMAZING RACE. But if you have ever watched the Amazing Race, and then read the book (which comes out 10/1/19) you will see why the comp works. It needs to be well known enough, people understand the comp. #askagent
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@catecaldwell66 If it works use it. Comps can be a bit personal. I, for example, am famously known at @bookendslit for my lack of tv/film knowledge. Others however would definitely connect to a comp. 2002 is too old IMHO #askagent
For books, you want to use something in the last 2-3 years. For TV/Movies/Musicals you are really using it for plot comps so you need to be really spot on. Comps can be tricky as they set expectations since they can also be used to allude to your writing style as well. #askagent
Natascha Morris @SoCalledYALife@jamerrson @RachnaChhabria1 I wish I was always that certain! The real truth is that sometimes talented authors have books that aren't quite right and we have to think about it more. Do we have time to really dig in? Do we have the passion for this? Does it change the author's vision if we do X? #askagent
James McGowan @jamerrson@RachnaChhabria1 Oh, no. We're often on the fence about stuff. Sometimes we'll sit on it for a bit and come back to it with fresh eyes, or get second reads, etc. #AskAgent
I wish I was always that certain! The real truth is that sometimes talented authors have books that aren't quite right and we have to think about it more. Do we have time to really dig in? Do we have the passion for this? Does it change the author's vision if we do X? #askagent
James McGowan @jamerrson@WReader23 That's not necessary, I don't think #AskAgent
Talynn Lynn @TalynnL#askagent How much of the story should be included in the query? The opening scene? All the way to the end? One plot point? Thank you:)
Lara D. Elliott @lara_d_writer@SoCalledYALife Do you like to see an age range given for picture book queries?