Dr. Uwe Stender
Kieran McMurchy @kieranmcmurchy@UweStenderPhD Ahhh hope I get this in in time!! What’re your thoughts on unreliable narration, and the market for thriller/mystery’s of that ilk ?? #askagent
If it is very well done, it should work. There seems to be a bit of oversaturation on that arena, but brilliance will win out.
Gabrielle S. Awe 🌈🧟♀️😈🧚🏻♀️🦹♀️🦄 @evilkittygrr@UweStenderPhD If I have a project I want to e-pub under a pen name because I don't think trad pub has any interest, will it hurt my chances of getting an agent later with a different MS? #askagent
Not at all.
E R Hoffer .. @erhoffer@UweStenderPhD Have you ever reconsidered a manuscript that you found interesting but rejected? What’s your advice to writers who go back out on the query trail after a big edit that responds to the feedback from the last round, with new scenes, but same characters and world? THANKS! #askagent
Yes, I have. I would be upfront and tell them what you changed, and mention what they said in regards to their rejection. Some will definitely give you a second chance, some may not, but additionally there are a lot of respectable agents around.
MetaMagistry @metamagistry@UweStenderPhD @thewritinghippo Are there extra hoops to jump if you don’t live in the West? Does it affect one’s chances of getting an agent/publisher?
Not with me. I cannot speak for others.
Lynn Hooghiemstra @Nicky_Adams_Pen@UweStenderPhD @thewritinghippo I do have a question. There seems to be conflicting info out there on whether you should mention in your query if you've been published say by a small independent publisher in the past (5+yrs. ago). I was told that would work against an author in querying now.
I don't think it helps, but I don't think it hurts, either.
Shanice Littlejohn is revising @twixsftbl@UweStenderPhD @WriteOnCon Will do! I’ll start querying at the end of the summer! I know Ask an agent is done but last question: that synopsis and query letter writing process is almost harder than writing the book. Tips on voice for each and how to make it the best?
I don't require a synopsis, and I like short queries. There are plenty tips googleable, best of luck!
Alexandra W. Fleck (is querying!) 👑👨❤️👨👑 @awilliamsfleck@UweStenderPhD How realistic is it to aspire to a full-time writing career?
It's very tough, but possible. It's a competitive field ripe with unpredictability. You could substitute writing career with singing career, professional sports career, acting career etc. and the odds are somewhat comparable.
myrikePoba @MFrBauer@UweStenderPhD Seriously, how does one survive (i.e. continue writing) rejection after rejection?
Don't take them personal. Over the years, I have received thousands of rejections. You just keep plucking along, or you could quit. But if you love writing, quitting should never be an option.
Carly Huss @ThenTheyKissed@UweStenderPhD I have another one, if that’s okay, Uwe. :)
Comp titles. Do you have advice on how to chose them? Are you looking for similar voice, similar plot, something else?
Ask as many questions as you want to. Yes and yes. Similar feel. It's like Netflix recommending another series based on what you watched before.
Katrina Ariel @KatrinaAriel@UweStenderPhD In your experience, what makes a successful in-person pitch? I just registered for my first writers' conference and am nervous/excited to have face-to-face time with an agent. #askagent
Don't be nervous, enjoy the experience, and don't ramble. Allow for a conversation with the agent. It will be fine.
Alexandra W. Fleck (is querying!) 👑👨❤️👨👑 @awilliamsfleck@UweStenderPhD How important is having an established social media presence/blog following/internet thing to how successful an agent/publisher believes a book will be?
In fiction I could not care less though it won't hurt to have a platform. In non fiction it is one of THE most important thing.
CT Danford @Ctanz731@UweStenderPhD How important is it for a querying writer to have multiple projects available should an agent ask what else they’re working on? Would not having a second completed manuscript yet be a deal breaker?
Not to me. I am interested in the manuscript at hand.
Alexandra W. Fleck (is querying!) 👑👨❤️👨👑 @awilliamsfleck@UweStenderPhD If a writer writes multiple genres -- and subsequently has multiple voices -- would you recommend they write under the same name, variations of their name, or pen names? (SO happy I made this #askagent!)
I would cross that bridge once you reach it. There are too many details to discuss via Twitter. But if you are, for instance, known for being a successful MG writer, you will want to use a pen name for your, for instance, adult erotic romance.
Barbara Scanlon Keene @keenewriter@UweStenderPhD Hi again. I have a two-part question. What advice do you have for a multi-genre writer to give each enough time and attention to reach the ultimate goal of publication and earning an agent? And is there one book you advise writers to read to better understand the process?
I believe that if you do multiple things, you are still better in one over the others. I would focus on that <in your case> genre first. What process are you referring to? The process of getting an agent?
J.L. Delozier @jldelozier@UweStenderPhD @ a conference, had an anonymous critique of 1st 10 pgs of wip by a panel. Chatting later @ party, editor from Putnam super-excited to learn pgs were mine and wanted full. Wip only 20% done. No agent yet. She gave me her card. ? appropriate follow up process when wip done?
I would remind the editor of what you just described and connect her to your agent at that time.
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf@UweStenderPhD @DanaLDavis #askagent A project is rejected but suggestions are made to revise, will you look at the revised project before another project, or does the revised project go to the bottom of the pile?
Client projects come first.