MistleTia 🎄 (Closed To Queries)
I read for a living. Jr Agent and Assistant at Talcott Notch Lit, send me: MG, YA, and some adult! At home in slush pile. Will fight internet trolls. she/her
J.M. Jinks @AuthorJMJinks@TiatheTiger How do you think the state of the world will affect marketing trends? Will people want lighthearted, joy filled books to keep their minds off of things? Or will people want the doomsday, dark twisty stories?
Honestly, I expect it’ll be a bit of both. I know dark and twisty has had its time for a while, though, so that’ll likely slow down soon
Alexandra Z. Lazar @alexandrazlazar@TiatheTiger What’s the word count at which you’d be skeptical to consider a debut YA fantasy novel? I’m trying to figure out how much I’ll need to edit mine down.
I’d probably say 120k Max, but even that might be a bit high for some people!
Noreen @naziaso@TiatheTiger #askagent How is publishing going to affected by the current situation. Should we still query?
Yes still query! I think publishing works so far out that this won’t have too much of an impact on business.
Brie Edison Author @BrieEdison@TiatheTiger If you are putting a comparable in your query letter; how do you compare it? For example--do you say this is an FBI book like so and so--or do you compare the plot line? Thank you!
It’s up to you! The most common way to put comps in a query is to say “*book title* is *comp 1* meets *comp 2*”
But, you can be more specific if you’d like. So you can say what from each comp is most prevalent in your project!
Dee Cee @DClheart@TiatheTiger When querying- what is an author to do if they have no writing credentials?
For fiction, writing credentials can help but they’re not a requirement. Talk about what makes you qualified to write the book if you don’t have writing credits - an experience that inspired it, if it’s own voices, etc.
Noreen @naziaso@TiatheTiger Do we need to hire an editor to copy edit? #askagent
No you don’t! If you want to you can, but it’s not required. I definitely recommend having critique partners but you don’t have to pay for editing
Allan Evans @EvansWriter@TiatheTiger This is that scenario: my publisher is asking for a new name.
You can try to use a line from the book as a new title, or something related to your character name. The publisher should give you some guidance as to what they want the new title to be if they’re not happy with the original
Allan Evans @EvansWriter@TiatheTiger Book titles: what do you look for in the name?
Honestly? I’m not very concerned with titles. There’s always the possibility that they get changed during the course of publication. I think the title should fit the book but I won’t turn anything down on the title! (And no editor would, either)
K. R. Monin 🍻 @kunderscoremons@TiatheTiger What's the reasoning behind agents not wanting attachments? One agent asked me for 30 pages, it was easily the longest email I've ever sent. Is there a virus concern? #amquerying
Yeah it’s a virus thing! Opening attachments can be dangerous to the computer so we try not to unless we ask for them!
Jessica Russak-Hoffman @HoffmanJess@TiatheTiger @mleewoeber Same question but for mentioning requests. I've seen some agency sites want mention of submission history including if it's on full request at all.
I’d say same answer. Only include it if the agency asks for it.
But, with that kind of thing I think we’re usually asking for sub history re: publishers. If the project has ever been considered by a publisher, big or small, you should always include that info in your query!
M-Lee Woeber, the Stan Lee of romance, is querying @mleewoeber@TiatheTiger Do queries have to mention whether or not the query is simultaneous being sent to multiple agents(not the same agency)? Some old books say yes. I feel today it’s a given. I’m trying to eliminate unnecessary words.
At this point most of us assume that you’re submitting to multiple agencies simultaneously, so I don’t think it’s necessary to include it!
Jessica Russak-Hoffman @HoffmanJess@TiatheTiger Since your last #askagent helped me find you, and your answer was helpful, here's another: When you take on a client, who helps revise and edit the book initially? The agent or an editor? Thanks Tia and have a safe flight!
I’m very editorial, so I’ll do revisions with my clients. Most agents will do at least 1 revision before sending the book on sub!
Evette @EisforEarnest@TiatheTiger Hi, im working on a near historical own ms set in early 2000s. For ya near historical what is the word range? I heard cause its historical the word vount would higher than con due to world/time building and historical events
Early 2000’s would still follow contemporary rules, so you want to stick to the 50-100k word range!
therealMC @the_real_MCV@TiatheTiger what things do you really love to see in a query, and what would make a query an automatic no?
What is your favorite trope to read?
What is something that makes a book or manuscript really stand out to you?
I love queries that get right to the point of the actual story. I want a good hook that intrigues me as a reader!
Not much is an auto-no for me, unless it’s not something I rep. I usually auto delete queries sent to multiple agents at once, or ones with attachments.
Celia Jenkins🖋️🕮 Writer @CeliaJWriter@TiatheTiger Hey! Are you still closed to Queries? When will you open again? Do you like funny, fantasy MG with flatulent trolls? 😁 Thanks! #askagent #askanagent #amquerying
I’m closed until September 9th! I’m traveling a lot this summer so it’s easier to just close. ☺️
I would not say no to seeing a query for a flatulent troll MG when I’m open again!