Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

Literary Agent

ASH Literary

Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Julie Farrell ๐ŸŒˆ @WeeRedWriter

@alibelle What's your take on debut YA's in the UK market? Particularly ones set in the US? ๐Ÿค”
Replying to @WeeRedWriter

How do you mean? By UK writers or the US influx? I personally have US taste so lean towards it anyway, but I do think UK authors need to be given more space. Though it is tricky when the current big thing is US.

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Sophia Payne @Everlastingbeta

@alibelle In an ideal world, do you prefer to communicate with your clients on the phone, face to face, via email, or on skype? Do you think technology has made communicating easier or harder?
Replying to @Everlastingbeta

My communication style depends on my clients. What works for them works for me, and F2F isnโ€™t always possible particularly as I rep a lot of people overseas. Tech has made it all much easier, almost too easy though.

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Shannon Balloon ๐ŸŽˆ is writing. @sballoon75

@alibelle If you have someone's full, and they get an R&R from another agent, do you want to know?
Replying to @sballoon75

Hmm. I think for me personally, Iโ€™d just rather be told another agent has asked for a bit of work on it and youโ€™ll keep me updated. To be honest Iโ€™ve not been in that situation so Iโ€™m not entirely sure!

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Joshua Lee-Jones @jplj_

@alibelle Do @MMLitAgency run work experience/internship programs? I would love to become a literary agent and Iโ€™m trying to get as much of a foot in the door as possible. (P.S. what was your route to becoming an agent?) Thank you!
Replying to @jplj_

I worked as a bookseller, then assistant to an agent, then I got my current job! My route has been surprisingly smooth so Iโ€™m not the best example. I donโ€™t think we do run anything at the moment but Iโ€™ll check.

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Yvonne Battle-Felton @YBattleFelton

@alibelle Hello! I have a lovely agent for my writing for adults, she doesnโ€™t represent childrenโ€™s writing. Are there things I should consider when finding an agent to represent my childrenโ€™s writing? Is it common for a writer to have more than one agent?
Replying to @YBattleFelton

I know people who have two agents but I canโ€™t say for sure how common it is. Have you talked to your agent? She might decide to handle your childrenโ€™s writing. If not, definitely make it clear in your query letter (and Iโ€™d love to have a look!).

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

katherine @Ringley_

@alibelle If a childrenโ€™s book (700 words) has a twist, would you rather read about it in the cover letter or is that more like explaining a joke?
Replying to @Ringley_

This varies agent to agent. Thereโ€™s only been one time Iโ€™ve been devastated I read the synopsis first (@kereengetten ๐Ÿ‘€) so usually I like to know whatโ€™s happening.

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Kael Tudor @KaelTudor

@alibelle Assuming that a query letter is professionally written and polite, is there anything that would instantly put you off, were it to be included?
Replying to @KaelTudor

Not really. At that point it comes down to the writing. Though I do find โ€œI read this to my class/mum/kid and they loved itโ€ a bit off putting because of course they did.

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Emily Ewers @EmilyEwers

@alibelle If my main characters sexuality isn't the main aspect of a book do I need to show/put this in the submission?
Replying to @EmilyEwers

Thatโ€™s up to you! Personally if an agent requires that then Iโ€™d question it. Nobody usually states their characters are straight so why do you need to state if theyโ€™re not, is my view.

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Anne Boyรจre ๐Ÿ„โš“๐ŸŒŠ @AmusedNonQueen

@alibelle I would love to get an idea of where different material you have to read (edits from client, new project from client, R&R, slushpile, etc.) goes in term of priority and time scale? If that makes sense... Must be a nightmare in logistics! #askagent
Replying to @AmusedNonQueen

Itโ€™s good fun! Client edits that are soon to go on sub are my first priority, then queries with offers and full requests. New projects usually have a long lead time so I aim to get back within four weeks. Queries fit around all that. Itโ€™s a balancing act and can go up in flames!

Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent
Spookybelle ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป
@alibelle
Literary Agent
Founder & Literary Agent at @ASHliterary . Dogs & books, mostly. Never knowingly out-lipsticked. Views my own. She/her. It's Alice, never Ali. No DM queries.
88 MSWL
21 AskAgent

Marina @marinanutshell

@alibelle Do you have any advice about what kind of attitude or approach to use when pitching in person? Like I can understand showing your passion but I wouldnโ€™t want to be over the top or too passive
Replying to @marinanutshell

Depends agent to agent! Personally I like to see someoneโ€™s passion, but itโ€™s also important they listen to constructive criticism and thoughts. Donโ€™t get defensive, we are trying to help!