Katja IS going to 'contaminated' Zurich! 🌸🎈🧡 @OneOfUsHasToGo@UweStenderPhD Of course I missed this. 😔
I would have a question not quite publishing related but about whether it's fair usage to use a cartoon character's name in my manuscript 3 times or if that violates copyrights.
(Use the cartoon character as a nickname for one of my characters.)
It should be fine.
🔥(SL)Ashley McAnelly PREORDER PARTING THE VEIL 🔥 @ashewriter@UweStenderPhD Is it ever too late to nudge an agent? I know everyone has gotten even more backed up in the last year, but I'd say, a year, too long too wait to nudge?
Julie L Whitehead @julielwhitehea1@UweStenderPhD How do you know your manuscript is ready to go out to agents? I am on my sixth write-through and some of the essays have already been published in lower-tier journals. Or is it an unanswerable question?
Whenever you think you, and your CPs can no longer realistically improve it, then it is ready.
R.B. Shifman is also Richard Shifman @rshifman@UweStenderPhD Other than an author’s own knowledge or googling key terms, and what is a good way to find great comps? Is there a super-secret database? Thank you! #askagent
Not to my knowledge. Rely, preferably, on your own reading experience.
Nancy Parish @nancyparish@UweStenderPhD Since the Olympics just happened, is there an interest in YA contemporary sports books? #AskAgent
I don't know. It depends on the book, not the timing per se.
Jessica L. Cozzi @JessCozziWrites@UweStenderPhD Do you, as an agent, usually fully read the whole page of the query letter to see if they’re interested, or if they’re not grabbed from the first few seconds, they let it go?
I believe that many, if not most agents, may read the entire query. I, personally, know within seconds what intrigues me.
Sarah Adler @sarahaadler@UweStenderPhD I have a new project I hope to query in Sept, but a few agents still have fulls of a previous project. If I don't hear back from them before then (they'll have had my ms for 6+ mo) what is the etiquette? Keep waiting? Nudge? Query new project & let them know if I get an offer?
Nudge, and let them know when you have an offer.
Caren Lissner @CarenLissner@UweStenderPhD Which times of the year are best and worst times to submit to agents? Also, has covid affected the kinds of books & genres agents want to see and what readers want to read?
Don't query (me) between December 16- January 9. I can't speak for others. For me, no <except I have 0% interest in Covid related stories.>
Juliana Clayton @kidlit_writer@UweStenderPhD Thanks for this! What pushes a query from a "maybe/pass" to a "must request?" I have gotten very positive feedback on my book from Betas, re-written my first pages dozens of times, polished my query until it gleams, attended workshops, and I still have a very low request rate.
That is tough to answer without knowing the query. For *me*, I know if I am interested or not within 5 seconds. It has to intrigue me. But why does something intrigue me?!? I don't know in general. I *know* it when I see it.
HM_Braverman is drafting again (17k/75k) @HMBraverman@UweStenderPhD In your experience, have most of the manuscripts you’ve loved and offered on been immediate requests? (Ie hasn’t been sitting in the maybe pile)
For me, yes, but I respond instantly to emails during work hours. My guess is that most people don't, thus if I were you, I wouldn't worry.
Amy Harpe @harpea23@UweStenderPhD Is historical MG a harder sell right now? I've noticed many agents don't have historical on their MSWLs.
I don't know. I suspect that historical novels depend strongly on the writer being able to write atmospherically and realistically in/about that time in the past...and that is difficult, for surem
Lynn Hooghiemstra @Nicky_Adams_Pen@UweStenderPhD Which do you prefer, character driven or plot driven thrillers?
I very much enjoyed While Justice Sleeps, but would have liked a little more character depth, which prompted my question.
I generally prefer character over plot, but not necessarily.
Nancy Parish @nancyparish@UweStenderPhD Thanks, what should a writer say when following up? #askagent
Dear <insert agent's name>,
Good morning <afternoon etc.>. I am wondering if you have had a chance to take a look at <insert title> yet.
I am looking forward to your response.
<insert your name>.
Michelle Cruz @TXMichelle_Cruz@UweStenderPhD How important is nailing the genre in a query? For example, someone queries as upmarket mystery, but w/agent experience, you feel it's WF or literary fiction. Is that an auto-reject? And what makes the difference between reject/R&R/offer?
Thanks for your time!
You should be clear on the genre.
If I LOVE a book, I offer. If I LOVE the book, but have some concerns, I will ask for an R&R. If I don't love it, I will pass.
Dr. Sara Kapadia @sarakapadia@UweStenderPhD If an agent passed on a manuscript and then I sent that to a different agent at the same agency,
A. Do I mention the other agent passed?
B. Will the other agent be influenced by the first agent's decision
B. That's why A. is a No.
Danielle Terkhanian @Dani_Terk@UweStenderPhD I know our MS should be as polished as possible before we start querying. With that said, what type of things are you willing to forgive if you LOVE the premise/voice?
Thank you for doing this! Enjoy the pond with the pups!
Thank you, I am.😎
If I love the premise and the voice, I will forgive everything, except too many spelling errors and/or gerunds.