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A. L. Stone @alstonewritesCan you secure an agent with a WIP? #askagent #amquerying #amwritingfantasy
99.9 times out of 100, the answer is no. There's too much competition - especially in fantasy - to query with anything other than the finished piece. #askagent
Sarah Hill @SarahJanetHillHey guys! Need advice! I #AmWriting #YA #Fantasy. Do I lead with the characters on the query letter? Or the fantasy element that makes it different? All advice welcome! Thank you!
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I would still use the same format for querying YA fantasy that I would advise for any other genre - but with a little more world building in your hook/synopsis. (tracymarchini.com/2018/02/06/wor…) #askagent
Valerie Norris @ValerieANorrisI queried a number of agents about a novel, then realized the story was vastly better if I deleted the beginning. Have I ruined my chances with those agents? #askagent
You can withdraw and resubmit through QueryManager if you subbed to BookEnds and the agent hasn't responded yet - but in general it doesn't sound like enough would have changed to re-query those agents that have already declined. #askagent
C.P. Byers @CPByersAuthor@TracyMarchini @AmalenaCaldwell Tracy, thank you so much for this answer. I’m also neurodivergent and shopping a literary novel with an ND MC. I believe #ownvoices is very important, but I’m not sure where to put this in my query. Would you expect a 1-sentece statement in the bio? #askagent
Yep, a sentence in the bio would be the best place! #askagent
Shelby K. Graden 🏳️🌈 @shelbykgradenIf an agent requests a partial, how long should you wait for their response? And if you send a follow up and they don't respond to that either, what's next? Should I move on? #askagent #bookendschat
If the partial is not an exclusive, there's no reason not to continue querying while you wait for the other agent's response. (I wouldn't give exclusives on partials in most cases either.) #askagent
Melody Haaf @MelodyHaaf#askagent does the title have anything to do with a pass or request. I had named my book Twenty-two Saints and have changed it to Awake While Sleeping.
FWIW, "Awake While Sleeping" doesn't really tell me anything about the genre/story. And while we can always change a title before it goes on submissions to editors, a query with a stronger title might be read faster. #askagent
David Rozansky @DavidRozanskyQ from @sunflowrscience: Does naming a specific song in a novel present copyright issues? For example: I’m writing a romance about ice dancing. Is having the characters skate to a well-known song a no-go? #askagent
Naming a song is fine - but just one line of a song's lyrics can be prohibitively expensive and most publishers are not going to pay the licensing fee for it. I wouldn't quote lyrics. #askagent
Eddy Boudel Tan @eddyautomaticQuestion for agents: After the salutation in a query, do you prefer diving right into the action (plot description) followed by the essentials (title, word count, genre, reason for choosing specific agent), or vice versa? Thanks in advance! #askagent
Meliha Sheikh @meliha_sheikhWhen considering a writer, does the fact that the author doesn't reside in America or isn't American (PoC included) effects your decision? #askagent
I have clients that don't live in America and/or aren't American citizens. Location doesn't really affect my decision, as long as the author or illustrator is interested in hitting the American markets (and their work is something I think I can sell here.) #askagent
Amalena Caldwell @AmalenaCaldwell#askanagent #askAgent
I've been told it's best to use a pseudonym to avoid identification when #amquerying if you're openly neurodivergent online. I'm sure those answering this would say it doesn't matter but regarding all other agents, do you believe it's detrimental?
I've never heard this and think that a number of us (myself included!) ARE looking for more diverse voices in our inbox - including neurodivergent voices. I would not recommend a pseudonym for querying. #askagent
Rimma Ojougboh @RimmaOjougboh@TracyMarchini @ailadoyle2 Wow! What percentage of fulls turn into an offer of rep?
A.M. Hall @AuthorAMHall@TracyMarchini @ailadoyle2 Out of curiosity, are your total queries so much higher in the early months of every year? Are there certain times of the year that are high volume?
So far that pattern is consistent, with the exceptions being months I do more interviews or conferences leading to a higher volume as well. New Year's resolutions = high volume, summer (July/August) and the last few weeks of the year (holiday crunch!) = lower volume #askagent
Sandra Cormier @Chumplet@TracyMarchini @colin_d_smith @BookEndsJessica I should probably stop labeling it YA, even if a teen is the main protagonist? #AskAgent
YA always has a teen protagonist, but that's not the only marker of what YA is. YA stories are usually those where the teen shifts from childhood into the beginnings of adulthood, they find their place in the larger world outside of their family, etc. #askagent
AJ is probably trapped in a delayed train @Ajay_H_Kumar@TracyMarchini @BookEndsJessica Thanks! As a follow up can I ask what is currently hot and/or what you think will be hot? I've seen a lot of requests for MG, while Adult F seems to be plodding along.
I can't speak to adult because I only rep books for children and teens - but the reason middle grade is an evergreen request is that it's just so hard to get the voice right. #askagent
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@Ajay_H_Kumar I'm going to defer #YA questions to our other agents. I think @TracyMarchini is floating around and might be able to better answer. #askagent
I think YA fantasy is a hard sell at the moment, but like some of my colleagues said, there's always room for something fresh. (It's just really hard to find that unique twist when there's so much out there!) #AskAgent
Sandra Cormier @Chumplet@BookEndsJessica Is a YA set in the Seventies considered historical literature.... yet? Or is it still in limbo? #AskAgent
That's definitely historical. #askagent
Whitney @EarlyOwl08#BookEndsChat #askagent do you recommend having a website/author page even before querying an agent for your first book? Is that presumptuousness, confidence, a bad/good plan? Thanks!
I don't think it's necessary - I think the more important thing is to make sure whatever profile you do have (be it website, twitter, etc.) is geared towards being a professional writer. I do google before I offer. #askagent
Serena Louise @Serena_L_ThomasQuery question, if you request "the first 3 chapters" would you expect the writer to include the prologue if they have one along with the three consecutive chapters, or would you class the prologue as a chapter and want chapter 1 + 2 only? #askagent #BookEndsChat
I don't think anybody would mind if it was prologue and first three chapters - BUT - 9 out of 10 times it seems that the prologue is unnecessary... #AskAgent
Melody Haaf @MelodyHaaf#askagent if I previously queried months ago, and basically rewrote my query, is it okay to requery someone, saying oops I queried too soon last time.
Since I look at the first five pages with a query, I would say that a revamped query wouldn't make as much of a difference to me and it'd be better to query someone else. Another agent might feel differently though. #AskAgent