Beth Phelan (closed To Unsolicited Queries)
Reba Khatun @RebaKhatun@beth_phelan Ok. Thanks. Any tips on a strong query?thanks #askTBA
Little about MC & goals, tell me about inciting incident & plot, then tease the climax, don't give away the end. :) #askTBA
Reba Khatun @RebaKhatunWhat turns you off in a query letter? #askTBA if pitch doesn't grab you do you read the rest/opening chapters? Thanks
If query shows it's not right for me at all, no. If query is just not that strong, but interesting, will look at pages. #askTBA
Paul Oliveria @paulopocket#askTBA I know when one queries, the mss has to be "final/polished". What exactly does this mean for you apart from proofread etc?
I want to know you have finished, edited/gotten CPs and betas to look. That it's not a first draft! #askTBA
maria katherine maria @kmariawrites#askTBA what has surprised you most about your job? Both in experiences and job functions
New stuff surprises me every single day. The job is always changing. Each day is different. I love it. #askTBA
Maria is Depressed 😞😞 @logophile_mariaIn case of dual POVs, can they be set in different timelines & places like POV of GoT but with different time & POV MCs never meet?
Tricky, but I think that can work if done well. It all depends on how rest of story works to bring it together. #askTBA
Alexand리아 @asturtz#AskTBA What're your most anticipated reads of 2017, excluding releases from TBA?
I am excited for WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI to get out there. Arc sitting on my desk right now. #askTBA
Erin A. Craig @Penchant4WordsIf you've got a YA retelling- should you call it a retelling for genre or stick to magical realism/historical fantasy? #askTBA
Think it depends on how close the retelling. If it's loose, might call it MR/F and inspired by whatever? #askTBA
Whalerock @Whalerock21What is best time of year to query. #askTBA
don't think there is one! We look at queries at our own pace. Just make sure you don't query when we're closed to subs. #askTBA
Sabina Lamarca @sabinalamarcaIf a book is #ownvoices how do we present that in a query? In the bio? Literally write the hashtag? Been wondering #askTBA
I think however makes you feel most comfortable. I've seen the hashtag in subj./ just a line of explanation in bio. #askTBA
Ali Herring @HerringAli#askTBA I got a nice pass, "aversion 2 aliens in Ya" but wished luck. Is this a thing? Mines more Indiana Jones quest w/ 1/2-alien teens.
Emily Thrash @JustThrashTalk#askTBA If conference (like @KillerNashville) has no formal pitch-time, is it better to seek appt w/ agent or hope for opportunity to arise?
T.J. Resler @TJResler#askTBA In MG, no cursing, no romance (beyond crush). But what about violence? Any limits? Is it ok to kill and maim if not too graphic?