Dr. Uwe Stender
MeBello @BelloMariellen@UweStenderPhD Hello! For a new writer, do you think I should query more often to new agents or the more established ones at an agency, assuming they both are interested in my genre?
Honestly, I don't think it makes a difference. I know that at @triadaus, we are all equally greedy for great talent.
📚Sim Carter at Chapter1-Take1 🎞 @simcarter@UweStenderPhD Hello! What motivates agents to send a rejection that’s more personal? Is “this has potential” but it’s not for me simply a kind form letter—as I suspect it is? Thanks.
Great question. Not necessarily. If wrote you "this has potential," then I'd mean it, but who knows about others.
Mallory C. Brown🍎 @MalloryCBrown@UweStenderPhD I don’t know if you can answer this, but it’s important I ask all potential agents so I know if we would work well together... can you list the 20+ candidates in the Democratic primary and then rank them?
Yes, NOW I can. 👍❤
Margaret Grant @MargaretGrant22@UweStenderPhD @Maria_Tureaud How hopeless would you say it might be to interest an agent in a collection of interwoven short stories?
It depends on the agent. But, NEVER be hopeless. One day, I will publically share my road into and then out of hopelessness, and the bottom line, cliche for others, FACT for me: NEVER give up, and never bow down to "gatekeepers."
Morgan Watchorn @mwatchornbooks@UweStenderPhD This is more of a market/perspective question, but I saw an agent post that dragon books might be coming back. Do you agree? If not, what trends are you seeing in the YA market on the acquisitions end?
Dragons never went away. And NEVER write for trends. In a totally self serving link, let me point you to SILVER BATAL AND THE WATER DRAGON RACES, repped by @btaylorbooks, written by @KristinHalbrook to be released on MY birthday. #Teamtriada 😎 amazon.com/Silver-Batal-W…
Maria Stout @MariaStout@UweStenderPhD When taking an agent up on offer to R&R, should one go ahead and attach full ms when resending query or should one wait for response first? (No g&t but responding from backyard hammock looking at the river) 😉 pic.twitter.com/4KVbCSEzUO
If the agent asked forvan R&R, just remind them of the request and send the full.
𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐡 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫 @HRuthMiller@UweStenderPhD What are some characteristics you notice are typical of a writer who has a long term career mindset?
I hope all writers write out of passion, and because they are compelled to write. Those are career writers.
CT Danford @Ctanz731@UweStenderPhD #askagent What do you look for on page 1 that makes you keep reading? Do you prefer when Adult stories start with action/the hook straight off, or give a feel for the MC & a sense of their “normal” before their world gets turned upside down?
Great questions, tough to answer. I guess, I am looking for a "connection" to my subjective preferences. I often compare it to music. I hear 10 seconds of a song and decide if I listen to the whole song or move on. The same with books.
Noreen @naziaso@UweStenderPhD #askagent how important are comps in a QL. I can’t find comps that reflect my book to a T.
Somewhat important as they "ground" the work in comparison. But you can comp to movies and TV series, too.
Maria Kuhn @mariakuhnbkk@UweStenderPhD Does having a manuscript assessed by a professional writing academy instructor make a difference when submitting a query? Should you mention it? TY
Not to me. You can mention it or not it won't affect my judgement either way.
LKnerl @LKnerl@UweStenderPhD Is an agent's website a sign of their level of professionalism and ability to pitch in a modern/digital publishing realm? Or is it superficial to see a crappy site and assume it's related? Some well-established agencies scare me: sites not updated, showing few deals, etc. Thx.
I cannot answer that. Check into Publishers Marketplace or Publishers Weekly to see IF deals are happening. If they are, I would not worry about the website. If they aren't, then dig deeper...but don't judge a book by its cover alone.