Carly Watters

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

A reminder that if you have an #askagent question I've probably already answered it over on my IG live Q&As: instagram.com/carlywatters/

Check them out in the highlights! I've been doing them for about 2 years.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips
Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

I have spent the last 24 hours answering #askagent Qs on the @PSLiterary IG: instagram.com/psliteraryagen…

Watch them in stories or highlights!

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

A reminder while I’m on maternity leave: if you’re looking for #askagent advice I have hours of Q&A content on my IG highlights.

Here’s a direct link to my latest session from last week: instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0…

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

I did an #askagent Q&A yesterday and this morning.

Check out the results: instagram.com/stories/carlyw…

I’ll archive it on my page later today.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

I just finished up a marathon #askagent session over on IG!

Watch me answer dozens of Qs via video in my stories here: instagram.com/carlywatters/

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

I’m doing Q&A #askagent on my Instagram stories.

Ask your Qs over on IG (find this page on my stories 👇🏻)

I’ll answer them via video tomorrow: instagram.com/carlywatters/?…

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

I'm answering #askagent questions over on my @instagram account! Click on my Stories, go to the last one which looks like this (below) & ask away!

instagram.com/carlywatters/

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips
Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips
Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips
Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips
Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

Crystal Bell @WritingLEOW

@carlywatters If you haven't published before and beyond schooling related to writing, is there anything else we should mention in the bio on our query?

It's perfectly OK to call yourself a debut writer and have a short bio. If you're querying in the slush then I assume you are starting your career. I'm happy to see: "This is my first novel. I graduated from XX. I live in XYZ City/State with my dog/partner/cat/gerbil."

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

Cheryl Pappas @fabulistpappas

@carlywatters I keep hearing that it's always best to approach an agent with a novel rather than a short story collection. But, of course, I'm assembling a short story collection. Is it worth going this route?

SS are SO incredibly hard to sell. I don't rep them. It might be best to pitch those stories individually to get your name out to different magazines, get some bylines etc and then pitch an agent a novel. Remember I am a more commercial agent though. I don't do much lit fic.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

JB McNeil @JBMcNeil15

@carlywatters What’s the best way to present a novel which touches multiple genres?

Also, have we yet arrived at the time when a lesbian MC might still be classified as women’s fiction and not exclusively LGBT?

#AskAgent

1) In your comps you can express that it's THIS meets THAT with the range of genres in those titles. If THIS did THAT, or FOR FANS OF XYZ (use TV shows and movies too as long as they're recent and relevant too).
2) I think so. IMO, yes.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

pam mandel @nerdseyeview

@carlywatters Social media numbers. Matter or no?

If you're writing non fiction: YES. YES. YES.

If you're writing fiction it helps but is not required. We do expect them to grow with your career. So you don't get a free pass.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

Elaina Battista-Parsons @BraveIrene77

@carlywatters @ericsmithrocks @PSLiterary Is a no from one agent a no from all?

At @PSLiterary yes correct. No from one is a no from all. The queries go to an open account where we can all see them so you can assume one or more eyes are on them.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. #BLM
126 MSWL
217 AskAgent
325 Tips

Lisa Hartley Roman @life_with_riley

When is the best and worst time to query an agent (which months or time of year)?is now a bad time due to the holidays? #askagent

We close for queries at @PSLiterary from Mid Dec to early Jan every year. (We'll put those dates out soon.) But other than that we're fair game. Some times of year are busier than others. January and Sept are busy times. Basically, pitch it when you are ready. & pitch it good :)