Aurora Krick @helloaurora_kIf an agent passes during a pitch contest (in person or virtual), should one still continue to query same agent via good ole’ QM? Incase their mind...changes?(please don’t laugh, honest question)#askagent
Aurora Krick @helloaurora_kWhen agents say submit first 10 pages - do they mean double or single? Sometimes the instructions do not state it on the website / QM #askagent
Ruby 🦜 @rubyjorita1@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #askagent I have 2 questions (if that's ok)
1) If you had to estimate, out of all the queries you get, what % do you actually continue on to read the opening pages?
2) Also (estimating again), what % of the total queries would you say are strong, even if you pass?
Sara Kruger @sarakrugerWhat are you looking for when you ask for "target audience" for a picture book. #askagent
I don't ask that question specifically in my QM form, but what they might be getting at is if this is a younger (say, preschool) audience or an older picture book. #Picturebooks can technically go up to age 8-12, depending on the subject matter (usually NF) and voice. #askagent
Sara Kapadia @sarakapadia@NaomisLitPix @bookendslit #askagent
If querying a middle grade book, can the writer include illustrations they have made since they are also an artist? Or is it better to just send it without any artwork?
Mary Ann Siegel @MaryAnnSiegel#askagent What about the fairness and validity of "non-own voices" writing PBs in a culture other than their own? Does it make it OK if they've used sensitivity readers and have a knowledge of that culture from friends, family etc?
This is a tough question, but as an author, sometimes I'll have an idea and ask myself "Am I the person that should be telling this story?" and/or, "Is this my story to tell?" and if I don't feel 1000% percent comfortable that it's my space, I leave that space open. #askagent
Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini@heybrittanyj Publishing is still very much an apprenticeship industry, so finding a paid internship is your best bet to getting a foot in the door! I found my internship by networking at a writer's conference, where an author offered to pass my resume along to her agent. #askagent
Online networking is also fabulous, and didn't exist in this way when I started. Join Twitter chats in the genres you're interested in, let people know that you're looking, and look for organizations that are helping to get young people in the door (e.g. @diversebooks) #askagent
Brittany J. @heybrittanyj#askagent with the world in its current state, what is the best way to go about the process of becoming a literary agent?
Cristina Raymer @craymer328If I wrote the pb I'm querying as part of a series, should I mention that? Or is it better to have multiple different pb manuscripts completed before querying in case an agent asks for other work samples? #askagent
Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini@EidsonMillicent @NaomisLitPix So all that is to say, that yes - it is possible now to indie publish in a way that wasn't possible before. But from a business standpoint, you're going to have to invest a LOT in order to do it well and have your book stand out from the noise. And for most authors... #askagent
Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini@EidsonMillicent afford the cost of an editor, copyeditor, cover designer, book designer, etc. Because the quality level of indie books has risen significantly since the start of self publishing ebooks, and it's a big investment to do well. #askagent But also...
Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini@EidsonMillicent So I have both indie published and traditionally published, and I am choosing to continue with traditional publication for a few reasons - 1.) it seems that the indie bubble burst in terms of easy eyes using Am*zon's algorithm 2.) the algorithm favors speed (pub'ing new stuff ...
every thirty days, which I could not do consistently and with a level of quality I felt comfortable putting my name on 3.) certain genres just never really took off in self pub'ed ebooks, inc childrens and middle grade 4.) I could not hand sell *and* write *and* ...#askagent
Jillian @jmacknzie@TracyMarchini Great post, thanks for sharing! Question- for pbs- what’s the “Harry Potter” equivalent? I feel like I can think of so many fantastic and super popular picture books that then I start to wonder- are these all off limits as comps? Curious for your thoughts- thx!!