P.S. Literary Agency @PSLiteraryICYMI: @carlywatters was a guest on the ManifestHer podcast where she talked to @kasia_manolas about what she looks for in authors, what stands out in a query letter, the typical day of an agent and so much more!
Listen here: apple.co/3kQspa9 pic.twitter.com/EAvxcn9EBh
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.
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…
Cheryl Pappas @fabulistpappas@carlywatters Thanks so much, Carly. Many of them are already placed in good journals. I am thinking about making three of the stories a novella, but I've heard those do not sell well, either.
Unless you are established already, novellas are also tough.
AmyGaffneyWrites @gaffneyamy@carlywatters On that, is there a middle ground for fiction that’s not overly literary but more than commercial?
category is called "upmarket"
high quality of writing, accessible characters, plotty.
Michael R. Kramer @michaelkramerSB@carlywatters Is there a different length range for YA?
I haven't repped YA in awhile but I think it's still 60-80k. Another agent might chime in here.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
Carys Cragg @writingcarys@carlywatters If an author published a successful debut memoir (good sales, some nominations, great media coverage) and has an idea for a 2nd, unrelated memoir, is it worth approaching an agent at this stage or would you recommend they write it first and then approach? #askagent
SEND IT TO ME CARYS!
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.
Lisa Hartley Roman @life_with_rileyWhen 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 :)