Beth Phelan (closed To Unsolicited Queries)
Kaylynn Nelson @NelsonKaylynn@beth_phelan I heard a popular agent being interviewed in a writing podcast say that YA epic fantasy is an over flooded market, but YA contemporary fantasy is more in demand. Do you think that’s true?
I think a lot of things feel saturated and we’re always looking for something that feels fresh! It varies but i wouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself. It always depends on the book.
Sammie Trinidad @TrinidadSammie@beth_phelan What are the biggest “eye roll” cliche questions you get from aspiring authors?
I don’t think there are many eye roll-y ones specific to aspiring authors, it’s more that some authors (aspiring or not) ask questions they can find answers to on google or ask problematic diversity questions haha
Amy lying in wait @AC_Burrell@beth_phelan Do you think that the #Ownvoices phenomenon is primarily interested in hearing about minority hardship/struggle/ pain? Do you think there is room for #Ownvoices "normality?" Or #Ownvoices stories that don't center the #Ownvoices?
Yes and I’ve sold these and feel editors and readers are interested in an array of experiences
Candice Jarrett @CandiceJarrett@beth_phelan Yay! Thanks for this ♥️ What do you think is the ideal word count range for YA Paranormal Thriller? I'm currently at 55K but still #amediting. I imagine I'll end up a few thousand words more but under 60K.
Also, what is your favorite book cover of all time? Or top 3?
Typically i think those are more like 80k but it depends what serves the story best
Noreen @naziaso@beth_phelan If you query do u still CNR? Or no respons is rejection? #askagent
I’m trying my best lol but def cross me off if you have been waiting too long and i deserve that! Don’t wanna hold anyone up
yui (📖: The Kiss Quotient) 💖💜💙 @hanallua@beth_phelan Is urban fantasy really dead in adult fantasy? Or is it called contemporary fantasy now?#askagent How do you like your eggs? 🥚 #askbeth
I don’t think so! I don’t do much adult anymore but seems people still love reading it so i hope editors are still buying. But yeah some words do get people skeptical.
If I’m making them, scrambled. If a restaurant, poached. I prefer scrambled but most places make them too dry
Darlene P. Campos 🇺🇸🇪🇨 @DarleneCampos91@beth_phelan Does an MS absolutely need to be professionally edited before querying agents? It's a little pricey, but does it help with getting an offer? #askagent #askbeth
It never NEEDS to be professionally edited—from an agents POV. This doesn’t mean an author wouldn’t benefit from one if they can afford and think it’d be helpful to them. But critique partners and beta readers are great and i think those are great resources as well
Morgan York 🌻 @morganyorkwrite@beth_phelan This is an incredibly broad question, so feel free to answer it however you like: how are you feeling about what fantasy looks like in YA at the moment?
I want some more lol i mean i think readers are still into it maybe editors are experiencing fatigue but still wanna bring it to readers hands
it's okay to say you don't know the answer to something. whether you're doing an #askagent/#askeditor or at a conference, it's better to say I DON'T KNOW than to give wrong information. don't pretend to be an authority on something you know nothing about. #revpit