Joanne Machin is querying! @heyjomachinI *think* I have a basic understanding of it as a writer—but I’d love additional input. “Voice” has been so huge in everything I read re:pub. What is your best answer to what exactly is “voice?” #AskAgent
Andy Jewett @andyjewettLast one from me... maybe. For graphic novels do you want a completed script along with rough art/finished art... or are you looking for more of a pitch package? @bookendslit #askagent
Jason Franz @TheBadgrProjectHappy quarantine #AskAgent I was wondering what the general consensus was for query letters...do you like it when we jump right in to the story and pitch and leave personalization for later in the query, or do you like us to lead with why we chose to sub to you?
KAClaytor @KAClaytorWhat are agents thoughts on representing overseas authors?#AskAgent
Caroline Bertaud @BertaudCaroline@bookendslit #AskAgent When my second manuscript is ready, would an agent be more inclined to represent me if I’d gone through the process of having it reviewed by Kirkus before querying? (Assuming the review was good, of course.)
Jess Hartley @jesshartleyI've heard a lot of differing views on what defines a novel as YA (in terms of content, not just intended readership). What, beyond age of protagonist, makes a book YA fantasy, versus general fantasy in your opinion? @bookendslit #AskAgent
Anastasia K. Bond @AnastasiaKBondI often hear that I should specify the reason for querying a particular agent (i.e. you repped X and you say you like Y) but the times I've done that have resulted in the quickest rejections. Do you get frustrated by being pigeonholed in such statements? #AskAgent
KFSwann @KfSwann@bookendslit #AskAgent Do any agents take the time to work with a new writer to polish the manuscript?
Julie Weathers @Julie_Weathers@inthesestones @ICT_Pinup @bookendslit #askagent Some writer friends were discussing comps the other day and one mentioned a television show. "Fans of this show would probably enjoy your book." It would make a good comp, but...it's a television show. Should I keep casting for novels?
Bonnie Erina Ruane @bonnieerinaWhat is your prediction for trends in the YA market in 2019? #askagent
I'm still sitting here really waiting for YA horror to take off... #AskAgent
Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica@catecaldwell66 If it works use it. Comps can be a bit personal. I, for example, am famously known at @bookendslit for my lack of tv/film knowledge. Others however would definitely connect to a comp. 2002 is too old IMHO #askagent
Joanne Roberts @BookishAmbitionWould you say that you personally are very hands on or editorial with your clients? Thanks #askagent
My comp title ideas are all from a different genre from my WIP. Would that put off an agent? #askagent
Rosalyn Ransaw @RosalynRansaw@BookEndsJessica @bookendslit How does writing/querying a graphic novel work if you’re not also an illustrator? Or is it generally more of an “author/illustrator” only thing? Thanks! #askagent
Megan Starks🕴️♀️ @fictivate@inthesestones Hi, Moe! Saw on your MSWL you're a Showalter fan. Are you looking forward to The Darkest Warrior? It's coming out soon, and I have so many feels. (Overall, I can't wait to read it.) #askagent
Hana Sheik @HanaSoChic@inthesestones Hi! :) Are there any tropes in category romance that are a "no" for you? Also, I've been hearing that there's no point in getting an agent for category romances (publisher usually open to unsolicited material). What are your thoughts? #askagent
Haley K @MizHaley@inthesestones I’ve been hearing that agents and publishers are acquiring less romance in favor of more romantic women’s fiction. Have you seen that trend to be true? #askagent
Dave Scheidt @DaveScheidt@TracyMarchini @BookEndsJessica @inthesestones Cool! I was hoping it would be something like that where it depended on the agent. Mainstream comics are weird where we pitch all our own stuff direct. I know alot of traditional publishers won't even look at stuff unless you are repped.
Anna Clarity Kaling @AnnaKaling#askagent What are the most overused phrases you see in queries?