Raen is socially distant @raenEdaze@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Are there geographical limitations to agent/writer relationships? Is it easier to have a agent who works in your country or are there no literary borders in 2020?#askPSLA
No borders! I’m in Philly! Shout out to my clients in Canada and the UK! #askPSLA
Though I do wish I could do the celebratory dinner thing when books sell. I know a great Wendy’s.
CathEEEEEKKK! 🎃💀🕸 says VOTE @cathydipierroCan you demystify the agent-editor relationship a bit? When you are deciding whether to offer, are you already thinking about which editors to sub to? Or do you research each project individually to find potential matches? How often do u sell projects to the same ed? #askPSLA
Steffi is a PitchWars Hopeful @clumsiesteffiShould writers send a nudge after not hearing back? My research has come up with “Yes! Do the thing!” and “No! If you don’t hear back it’s a no! Don’t be unprofessional!” So it’s a bit of a range there...
You can always nudge.
37% of an agent’s job is sending followup emails to editors. We nudge all the time. “Just circling back!” You can too! #askPSLA
Cara Stout @CaraFoshizzleAny trends that are selling better in the current state of affairs? Or ones that aren’t? (I’m assuming pandemic and plagues are a tough sale) #askPSLA
I feel like the tricky thing with trends, is that by the time one is happening and you see the books in the store, they are maybe over?
I know a lot of editor friends who want horror and middle grade. #askPSLA
So lately My WIPs have been..not fitting one particular genre or genre blend. If I ever get to the point of being ready to query them, how do I when so many agents have a wishlist that’s specific?
Look at me having anxiety over my @NaNoWriMo project before it’s started
My advice for odd genre blending books is usually “send it to me.” 😂
But also, look at agents who work on books that straddle categories. Look at your favorite recent books that do it. Lots of us like our out of the box books. #askPSLA
Steffi is a PitchWars Hopeful @clumsiesteffiAt what point would you reconsider a manuscript you passed on?
What catches your attention?
Allison Carvalho @AllisonCwrites#askPSLA @msmariavicente
With all the pitch contests going on, I'm curious:
1. Do you have a fave you like to 👀?
2. In your opinion, how long is too long after a ❤️/like to submit your package?
3. How do you feel about mood boards posted w/ pitches?
boilingonepiecetakes @warmtakrs#askPSLA If you want to write graphic novels should you find your artist first or can you query with just the written script.
Kunoichi | ∞ #BLM @Infinitii_FGC@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris Hello Eric and Claire!
What is your ideal target word count for a thriller YA novel? #askPSLA
Carly Vair @cnvairOkay, this one has been killing me lately: Is pitching a novella a waste of time? Is there a market for them? It seems like a new one comes out every week (especially SF/F), but all the advice I've seen basically amounts to "don't bother pitching a novella." #askPSLA
My advice in the novella space is always to pitch agents who have worked on the novellas you’ve been picking up. Particularly in that SFF space.
Not a lot of folks work on them, but some certainly do. #askPSLA
Ashley McAnelly @ashewriterHonestly, how do you balance write time/agent time with parent life because I need that secret now. #askPSLA
My son is trying to eat my mail right now so perhaps I’m not the best person to answer this. #askPSLA
But really, industry friends trying to juggle it all? Group messages with my colleagues going through the same helps. ❤️
Eilene Spear @EileneSpearSorry if I’m asking too many questions, but I’d appreciate your thoughts on prologues in general? Any red flags? #askPSLA
No apologies, we are here for it!
I like a good prologue. The only time I can’t stand them is when it’s a character looking back. “Now I’ll tell you my story.”
Well, they turned out okay, so... why read the book? Try not to let your prologue ruin your stakes. #askPSLA
Kate @cummingsgoings@PSLiterary @ericsmithrocks @claire_m_harris What's the sweet spot for nonfic book proposal length? How many sample chapters do you like to see?
Eilene Spear @EileneSpearI am ready to query, but I know my title is awful! Is that a showstopper? #askPSLA
Nope! So many titles change from agent to editor to publication.
You should still have a title that you’re proud to shop your book around under though. #askPSLA
Marcie Price Jackson @MissMarciePants#askPSLA thanks for answering Qs today! I’m wondering, at what point do you shelve your MS? I’ve read various numbers- 10 queries, 50, etc.? I’ve had several full and partial requests, but haven’t found “the one” yet.
There are lots of stories about authors who queried 100+ agents. Just make sure you're sticking to agents who feel right for you.
It can be tempting to pitch EVERYONE, but remember. An agent who isn't a good fit for you, is worse than having no agent. #askPSLA
Daniel M. Clark @danielmclark#askPSLA how important is it for an author to have a life story. I mean, does it matter that I haven’t held any excited jobs, or that I’ve never, you know, killed a guy? Is a rather dull or average life a roadblock in publishing or author marketing?
ROFL. It's not important. So many of the debut authors I've signed had bios in their query letters like "worked as a lawyer for fishermen" and "I have a corgi and like hockey."
And honestly, that stuff IS exciting and interesting to me. Life exists outside books! #askPSLA
Francesca Donlan @fdonlanVCB@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @ericsmithrocks @readbystephanie Thank you for sharing your time. Are memoirs still viable in the industry - when you are not famous and don’t have a big following but a good story. #askagent #askpsla
Jenn Mecks @jomeckiWhat’s the number one factor in a query letter that just kills a query for you? #askPSLA #askagent
Ayesha Farhat @farhatayesha#askPSLA would a wordcount of 75k for literary fiction put an agent off? I'm writing around a South Asian/ Muslim theme. Is that interesting for your agency?
KD FIELD @FieldKelli@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @ericsmithrocks @readbystephanie Sent query letter and synopsis. Was asked for a partial manuscript and then heard nothing back. Is if bad form in the industry to follow up via email or should I assume after 16 weeks its a hard no?