Dr. Uwe Stender
Gemini. Mercurial. Tabula Rasa. Life Isn't Fair. Literary Agent. (Occasional) University Lecturer.
Lydia Lukidis @LydiaLukidis@UweStenderPhD #askagent Do you think it's an agent's job to simply rep the work he-she feels passionate about, or, is their job to rep quality work and make the editors feel that spark? (agents must love the author's work, but they may not feel as excited about every single project)
That is too confusing to answer. I only rep what I love and then will do whatever I can to sell.
PJ McIlvaine @PJMcIlvaine@UweStenderPhD What are you seeing in your query box that you wish the sender had hit the delete button instead? A trope? A genre that's been worked to death? Anything?
Materials I don't rep.
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf@UweStenderPhD #askagent What is the most memorable story you have read recently that you did not sign, and why didn't you sign the author? (or... what keeps you from signing an author you feel has potential)
None...except those who would not accept representation.
Kiana Harris @Kiana_Tamarie@UweStenderPhD Hi! I was wondering what your opinion is on softer heroines in fantasy compared to the current trend of hardened, slightly angry ones? Are they harder to be invested in and/or sell? Thank you!
I think it is ok...
Lisa-Marie Cifuentes @MissLambchop@UweStenderPhD @nearonis Hello! My YA fantasy got 2 likes from editors at Harper Collins during SFFpit. I know I can’t send to the editors unless I’m agented. But is their interest something worth mentioning to agents as I query this project? Or is that a no-no?
I would say yes, it is worth mentioning.
HL Hinkle🍳 @TheComingOfGose@UweStenderPhD Scale of 1-10
10 = "Must see these pages"
1 = "An email full of drunken rambling"
What's the quality level of your typical cold query email sitting at? Is it a nice clean bell curve around that point or all over the place?
Dear Mother of God. It honestly is all over the place. 99% (rough approximation) are 6-10, because querying writers usually are quite strong. The remaining 1% are CLEARLY 1 or 0 or minus grades.
☕ Kara Cargill☕ @Coffee_Is_love@UweStenderPhD If a writer finishes another project how soon is too to query Trida again? Some agents like us to wait a long time. I can't remember your answer from the last time. #AskAgent
As long as it is not instantly, it's ok.
Carly Huss @CarlyHussWrites@UweStenderPhD I understand that when an agent says no, they are saying no to the project not the author. Is it the same with a publisher?
Of course. Business is not personal. It's just business. One of my proudest sales was to an editor who had rejected me 19 times before they bought the first of mine. Since then they bought a bunch, and still rejects a bunch.
Dannie M Olguin | Playing in RevisionLand @DannieMOlguin@UweStenderPhD I just broke away from making dinner because I thought of a question.
Does it weigh more heavily in an author's favor if they mention they are part of orgs like SCWBI or RWA in their queries?
Not to me, but maybe.
Old Chesty @BallBre28264987@UweStenderPhD What number of sales must one reach to be considered "successful" (paperback, hardcover, e-book)? Thank you. #askagent
I don't know. Too many intangibles...advance level, genre, etc, etc.
Author JG Brown @Author_JGBrown@UweStenderPhD Do you send to an agent before you send to an editor or is it the other way around? I would think it would be editor then agent? #askagent
Most publishing houses won't accept unagented queries, so you would try an agent first.
Matthew Reardon @SpaceLawyerSF@UweStenderPhD Thanks for the feedback! As a follow-up, would sending an "Offer In Hand" to appropriate agents who have never seen the manuscript at all be acceptable?
I think it is all acceptable. You need to look out for #1, i.e. YOU. Go for it, and good luck and success!
Jennifer Vanderputten 🌊✒️📔💻 @JenVanderputten@UweStenderPhD I'm writing a humorous sci-fi that will end up ~60K. Given the book's quirkiness, the lower word count, and the fact that it's in the humor category, I suspect this wouldn't be a good fit for agent queries. I currently plan to shop small presses. Before I do that, am I wrong?
I only rep YA sci-fi, so if this is adult, then ignore what I will write. It seems too short etc., but I honestly don't know.
Matthew Reardon @SpaceLawyerSF@UweStenderPhD Would it be acceptable, if you have a low advance-paying offer from a small press, to send an "Offer In Hand" query to agents who had requested and passed on the full of a previous version of the manuscript, before the heavy revisions that led to the advance-paying offer?
I honestly don't know. If *I* passed on a manuscript, I would not care about offers. I would not reconsider. But (many) other agents may feel very differently.