Tia Rose Mele
I read for a living. Jr Agent and Sub Rights Mgr at Talcott Notch Lit, send me: MG, YA, and some adult! At home in slush pile. Fights internet trolls. she/her
Samara Lo @Ms_SamaraLo@TiatheTiger If you receive an agent offer, would the time to tell other considering agents still be around 2wks or would it be reasonable to ask the offering agent to extend to the timeframe to cater for the complicated time we are in? #askagent
2 weeks is still average but we’re usually pretty flexible if you need more time! Just ask ☺️
Jenna Lo Bianco @jlobiancoauthor@TiatheTiger Ciao Tia! Any tips on how to restructure early chapters of a manuscript that contain a lot of backstory and info loading? Thanks so much!
Sprinkle it throughout the manuscript! Only include the most vital info upfront and spread the rest out ☺️
Case&Firefly @CaseFirefly@TiatheTiger And how do you see the difference between speculative fic and SF? I've been calling mine SciFi because it's the future and there's robots and world-crossing trains, but it's really about penpals, parties, and a bad guy to be tricked. So, now I think it's SpecFic.
Spec is more an umbrella term for genre bending fiction. Sci-fi is generally based in science while spec allows for fantasy and supernatural aspects. From the brief description, yours sounds like sci-fi to me
Janet Pearson @stellasaysme@TiatheTiger My book has multiple POVs. Should I make mention of that in my synopsis and say why I made that choice?
I don’t think it’s necessary! As long as all the pov’s are vital to the story, the reader/agent will know why the pov’s exist without being told
Case&Firefly @CaseFirefly@TiatheTiger Ty! If a book is part of a duology, such that the second is 90% written already and completes one envisioned story, is it still best to stick to "with series potential" during query or is it better to be more specific? All assuming that the first book is satisfying on its own.
If the first book is a self-contained story, I recommend saying with series potential and mentioning book 2 is mostly written. Keep in mind editorial changes to book 1 will drastically change book 2!
Elainawrites77 @BraveIrene77@TiatheTiger how do agents feel about more novels in verse? or how do you feel? do they sell well?
I personally don’t like them, but many agents do! I’ve actually seen a few editors asking for novels in verse, so I think they’re selling well enough for a demand!
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!