Dr. Uwe Stender
I live for LOTS of exercise, dogs, music, books, bingeworthy TV, Fussball, conversations with smart people, the surf, and a good Gin and Tonic.
Taylor Kemper @Taylortac@UweStenderPhD What are the top 3 things you look for in a manuscript before you offer?
There's only one thing: the feeling that I can't let go of it. I want to read it more than do anything else I could possibly do.
MelisaRHightower @melisawritesTSP@UweStenderPhD I love that you do these, I get so much out of them. Is there anything you really feel writers need to know?
Never forget that in a client/agent relationship YOU are the boss. If your agent does not respond to you reliably, move on.
BlueOliveSpawner @BlueOliveSpawn@UweStenderPhD What's your personal view on the market regarding adult books about characters in their 20s/in college? Or do you see that as irrelevant and the story itself is the only thing that matters to the market?
I personally see it as irrelevant, as I love those stories. Apparently, the powers-that-be disagree with me.
Dr. Tahirah Walker @tahirahbagheera@UweStenderPhD Do you ever ask an author to revise and resubmit after reading a manuscript or is it more a yes/no thing?
Sometimes I ask. But even if I don't, I remain open to improvement!
Shara confused Huffleclaw❤️❤️❤️🏳️🌈🌈 @sharagodwinson@UweStenderPhD Is there anything specifically that you really, really want to see?
A perfect rom-com. I offered on a perfect rom-com recently, but the author picked someone else. So I still want one.
Crystal J. Bell @WritingLEOW@UweStenderPhD @RedPenKaitlyn Does POV need to be switched every other chapter if its Dual or is it alright to switch when the story calls for it? Are there steadfast rules?
I don't think there are steadfast rules, no.
Elainawrites77 @BraveIrene77@UweStenderPhD Middle Grade...what are the pubs asking for these days? (I won't ever write for trends, so it's more out of desperate curiosity). :)
It is wide open. Nothing super specific.
CoriMeka @CoriMeka@UweStenderPhD There's a lot of information out here about the ins and outs of publishing. Sometimes too much info can be either confusing or sometimes contradictory. What is the best source for diverse writers today? #askagent
I would observe, consider, vet. In the age of social media there IS a lot of real and false info out there. Take your time, research, and draw your OWN conclusions.
Vanessa E. @vanessaepeay@UweStenderPhD Recently there was a lot going around about a new agent signing too many clients at once with very little experience. How does someone become a literary agent? It takes 4-6 years right? #askagent
Becoming a literary agent is different from making a living. Realistically, yes, it takes about 5 years to make a living.
Kayla McGrath 📚 @KaylaMcGrath_@UweStenderPhD How many clients do you sign each year on average? And how many full manuscripts do you normally request? ☺️
Not that many. In 2019, I signed 7. But it all depends, could be more or less. I get a lot of queries. I probably request 12-15 a month.
Amy Lange Kawamura @AmyLangeKawmura@UweStenderPhD Hi, Thank you for doing this.
Like many writers, the project I'd been working on is contemporary fiction..but I've been working on it for past two years..characters touch each other, no six foot rules. With COVID-19, are these manuscripts still wanted? 2019 era living. Thank you!
I would want it. This won't last forever.
E R Hoffer (@🏠) @erhoffer@UweStenderPhD What gives you hope nowadays? Asking for a friend.
How relatively well Germany handles Covid-19. So, it is possible to be ok (ish). We'll get a treatment, a vaccine. This too shall pass.