Ann Rose

Literary Agent

Tobias Literary Agency

agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Emily Holi-Turkey-Day 🦃 @EmilyHoli13

@annmrose If you’ve queried an agent and they have a NO QUERYING TWO AGENTS AT THE SAME AGENCY policy, BUT you get a special above-the-pile opp from a course/newsletter or something, can you break that policy???
Replying to @EmilyHoli13

Like you queried agent A and then attended a class or met agent B at a conference? I think just mentioning it in the query that it is with A is the best thing to do in this scenario if you don’t want to wait for their response

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

ʙoo-ɢɪᴛᴛᴀ'ꜱ ᴡʀɪᴛɪɴɢ ᴀ ɢɴ 👻 @BrigittaBlair

@annmrose Curious what books or genres you've been seeing sell more often than others? What about more challenging books/genres to sell?
Replying to @BrigittaBlair

I feel like this question is like “how many red cars are on the road” because once you go looking they are everywhere.
I’d say everything is “challenging” in its own ways these days ❤️

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

BRCloth @brclothwrites

@annmrose When an agent says “the voice is too distant” what specifically would they be referring to?
Replying to @brclothwrites

That the narration feels more omniscient & not close enough to the main character.
To add—omniscient is a voice choice, but then it should feel “close” to that narrator even if they aren’t on the page.
For me it also means I feel like I’m being forced to watch from the outside

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Brandy @MidlifeCreative

@annmrose Good morning! Congrats on your move!
Once you sign with an author do you encourage them to stay "on brand" for the first few books? For example, if you signed for YA fantasy, should the next book also be YA fantasy?
Replying to @MidlifeCreative

Each author is a unique individual and their careers should be treated as such. How to build a career and what my authors want to do is a conversation we are having and strategizing together ❤️

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Lars Hoel @LarsHoel_writer

@annmrose How do you work your way through queries? Do you take them chronologically or do you look for the “easy” rejections first (not a genre you represent, etc.)? When I look at Query Tracker I sometimes see these big gaps between responses and wonder what the process is.
Replying to @LarsHoel_writer

What is my process? I do attempt to go chronologically, but I do have A LOT so my first read through I’m making sure they are a “fit” for me right now and if they are I generally will go back to them for a deeper read later. I like to take my time with each so it’s a process

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

H.W. Johnston is writing a first draft @hwjohnston7

@annmrose What's does it mean in a rejection when you're told your "good but not amazing"?
Replying to @hwjohnston7

Without context perhaps it means that there are good ideas in there but they just need more fleshing out to make them stronger

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

JessAGuest is Querying! @JessA_Writer

@annmrose Thanks for doing these! I always find the information informative! Do you have a process for queries in your maybe pile?
Replying to @JessA_Writer

Read
Close
Read again
Stress about it
Close
Read again
Stare at screen for indiscernible amount of time
Think about how I would pitch and position it—who can I think of to send it to
Make decision

Or something like this

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Kathryn Faye @KathrynFaye007

@annmrose What are things in queries/manuscripts that make you sit up and miss your bus stop?
Replying to @KathrynFaye007

Strong MCs (this doesn’t mean physical and they don’t have to start this way)
Hooking concepts
Revenge plots
Feminist themes
Female friendships
Nuanced characters

*Doesn’t have to all be in one story

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips
Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Ellie L @RedPencilScript

@annmrose Do most agents read the sample portions of the writing or do they base most of their decision on the pitch, query letter, and synopsis?
Replying to @RedPencilScript

Every agent is different so I can’t respond for everyone, but I will say if you send me a project that is something I rep I do look at pages. If it’s an age group/genre I don’t rep than generally I won’t look.

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips

Helen Coe (she/her/elle) @Helen_Coe

@annmrose I've previously submitted a rhyming PB to agents & sensed/got feedback that the rhyme was the issue. Should I resubmit now that I've reworked to non-rhyme? Or only if they specifically identified rhyme as the issue? Happy Ellipticalling :)
Replying to @Helen_Coe

Thank you!
I think if the book has been significantly reworked it can be resubmitted but do check agents’ websites about their feelings on this. It might also be helpful to include that info in the query too (how it has changed)

Ann Rose
@annmrose
Literary Agent
agent: @TheTobiasAgency & #rosebudauthor wrangler | author: ROAD TO EUGENICA & BREAKOUT | opinions are my own | she/her rep:@evascalzo layout:@ana_scribe
206 MSWL
449 AskAgent
11 Queries
127 Tips