Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini

@TracyMarchini

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Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 21 Mar 2018

A. L. Stone @alstonewrites

Can you secure an agent with a WIP? #askagent #amquerying #amwritingfantasy

Replying to @alstonewrites

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 19 Mar 2018

Valerie Norris @ValerieANorris

I 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

Replying to @ValerieANorris

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 18 Mar 2018

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.

Replying to @MelodyHaaf

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 18 Mar 2018

Meliha Sheikh @meliha_sheikh

When considering a writer, does the fact that the author doesn't reside in America or isn't American (PoC included) effects your decision? #askagent

Replying to @meliha_sheikh

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 17 Mar 2018

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?

Replying to @AuthorAMHall

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 16 Mar 2018

Sandra Cormier @Chumplet

@TracyMarchini @colin_d_smith @BookEndsJessica I should probably stop labeling it YA, even if a teen is the main protagonist? #AskAgent

Replying to @Chumplet

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 16 Mar 2018

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

Replying to @BookEndsJessica

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 16 Mar 2018

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!

Replying to @EarlyOwl08

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

Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini @TracyMarchini · 16 Mar 2018

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.

Replying to @MelodyHaaf

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