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OddlucK @jimmyITGHow 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
Kristi Dosh @SportsBizMiss@erin_clyburn @Megan_Manzano @Literary_Tara Also, do you think an established nonfiction author needs to use a pseudonym when they start writing fiction? #askagent
I'm not sure about the pros/cons of using pseudonyms, but if you're an established nonfiction author, that platform would not hurt at all in selling a fiction project. #askagent
Kristi Dosh @SportsBizMiss@erin_clyburn @Megan_Manzano @Literary_Tara Do you have any hesitations about a published nonfiction author querying for fiction or are you only concerned with whether you like the fiction query? #askagent
That wouldn't give me any hesitation at all -- If anything, it could help, since you might already have a platform. I would be much more concerned with the fiction query! #askagent
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?
#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.
Sarah Hill Darrow @sarahhilldarrow@erin_clyburn @Megan_Manzano @Literary_Tara
Another #askagent from me. If I'm a yet-to-be-published n00b, do I need to state in my query letter that I'm querying multiple agents? Or do you guys kinda like, know that? pic.twitter.com/TLFHcp6Ycf
We definitely assume that! No need to state it. 😁 #askagent
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?
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