Tracy WANTS A NAP Marchini
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@boop1967 Since you’re asking specifically about #YA & #MG I’m going to pass this to @TracyMarchini & @SoCalledYALife from @bookendslit Jr. They’ll be able to answer better. Good luck! #askagent
Tamara Rittershaus @TRittershaus@bookendslit #askagent As a PB writer, most guidelines ask for the full manuscript, so I never get a "request for full" or any other indicator that I'm on the right track. Is it ever appropriate to respond to a form rejection and ask, "Was my MS even close?"
Stacy Burch @pen_and_crayonFor a text-only PB, do agents prefer the author paginate the MS? #AskBookEndsJr
NosferSCOTTu @scorhoLast night's #mglitchat was about short stories. What's the market like for MG short story collections? #askagent
Tamara Rittershaus @TRittershausAfter Jeff Bezos' $2bil pledge for new Montessori preschools, are agents/publishers looking for what books Montessorians want in their classrooms? Would mentioning my Montessori background and this recent headline benefit my query letter? @bookendslit #askagent
MJ @MJWheelerNU#AskAgent if someone had custom concept art for a MS pinned to their twitter or other social media, do you enjoy looking at it? Does it add anything to your experience when considering a MS?
Angie Hawkins @th_littlebirdie#AskAgent I have seen announcement deals that say things like "acquired...in a 3 book deal." Are these follow-up books already written? Are they pitched to publishers together? Just wondering how these multiple book deals come about. *This question pertains to pb's
Picture Book PI @book_piMay I query one of your agents with two totally different projects at the same time? Or should I send one project and wait for a response before sending the other? #askagent #askbookendsjr
Tianna Mignogna @queerwitchesI’ve heard varying answers; is it ever okay to resubmit the same ms to an agency after extensive revising? It’s been 3 yrs since my last query and I’ve super revamped. #AskBookEndsJr
🎃 Becky Shillington 🍂 @BeckyShillingtn#AskBookEndsJr Are early chapter books with boy main characters selling right now? I know chapter books in general can be a hard sell... #askagent #picturebooks
Amy The Headless Hillman 🍂 @ArHillman#askbookendsjr #askagent
I'm working on/researching a nf pb idea with series potential. Should I write just a proposal? the first book? or the first couple before querying?
Anna Lissiman @AnnaLissiman#AskAgent + #AskBookEnds How should one specifically resolve problems w/ a ms if feedback suggests the agent cannot connect with a mc? It's a vague question, perhaps - are there good articles we can reference? ((Feel like I'm over-thinking this))
Marc Poliquin @Marc_Writes@bookendslit I’ve heard that, these days, slice of life picture books are harder sells than PBs with more traditional narratives. Any truth to that? Would it be advisable to try and sell a more traditionally structured book first if you’re an unpublished writer? #AskBookEndsJr #Askagent
Most of the fiction pbs I've sold as an agent are around 450 words, and they're all the standard 32 pages. But, at the same time, you have to tell the story with the words you need. It's just that in picture books, *every* word has to be the *right* word.
I'm not hating on PLP specifically, but if you submitted that as a debut picture book today, it would be rejected. Today's picture book fiction sweet spot is around 300 - 500 words. There's always exceptions, but they are rare. (CHICKEN WANTS A NAP is 165, over 24 pages)
But yes - the trend in publishing has been towards shorter picture books. If you read some of our classics - like Poky Little Puppy - there's so much about that book that wouldn't be published today. It's too long, the arc isn't layered, the puppy doesn't solve their own problem.
Publishers are *not* making a shift towards primarily author-illos. They just want the best picture book projects they can find, be it from an author or an author-illustrator. As an agent, I'm open to authors, illustrators and author-illustrators.
So - agents looking *only* for picture book author/illustrators is just the personal preference of the agent. It's a different process and a different set of contacts to shop an illustrator's portfolio vs. a completed book dummy, and some agents prefer to do one over the other.
Kelly Mangan @KellyAMangan@TracyMarchini @scbwi I’m seeing a lot of agents lately saying they’re *only* looking for PB author/illustrators. I’m also noticing a trend for fewer & fewer words. Is this a general industry trend away from PB authors? Are publishing houses primarily looking for author/illustrators now too?