Erin Clyburn

Literary Agent

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips

OddlucK @jimmyITG

How would you suggest a short-story writer begin forward momentum in his career? Is it better to make things available online for free to get exposure or to send out samples/queries? Or is there a third, better option? #askagent
Replying to @jimmyITG

Submit to anthologies & literary journals. I suppose it depends, too, on your eventual goal - if it is to publish a collection, for example. I'm afraid I can't recommend specific places to submit, but that's where I'd start. #askagent

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips
Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips
Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips

Vickilyn Crawford @seizethedaisiez

#askagent @erin_clyburn @Megan_Manzano and @Literary_Tara Although my novel is not 'about' LGBTQ, one of the characters is bi-sexual. Does this cause interest with the agents looking for LGBTQ novels, even though it's doesn't play a major role?
Replying to @seizethedaisiez

#askagent I would say for your query, focus on the protagonist and main plot rather than side characters/plots, since it sounds like this is not the protag. & also that rep in itself will not be of interest to the agent as much as the plot/characters themselves.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips

Vickilyn Crawford @seizethedaisiez

#askagent @erin_clyburn @Megan_Manzano and @Literary_Tara If a new writer doesn't have the best query letter, does it kill the deal? Will you go on to read the pages that were part of the query request?
Replying to @seizethedaisiez

Unless the query letter is totally egregious (didn't follow the rules in a big way, for example, or it's only 3 sentences long), I will always read some of the sample. As long as you follow guidelines as far as what to include, you're good! #askagent