Jess Dallow


associate literary agent at @browerliterary . wine, books, avocados, cats, and wishing for an elephant. i talk about tv a lot. opinions and tweets are my own.


Brower Literary & Management

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Aug 28

Julie Dawn @_juliedawn

@jldallow @brendadrake I’m hearing this a lot from agents.

But once one is signed, are they then expected to build social media platforms?

I’m not going to FORCE you to make one. Not everyone likes social media, and that’s totally fine. I think it can be helpful, but it’s not a deal breaker for me in fiction. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Aug 28

Please note that publishing and writing is so subjective. My answers might not align with another agent's. But so much of this job is just us and our opinions. For the most part, there are no hard and fast rules. Some, but not all. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Aug 28

Claire Splan @ClaireSplan

@jldallow @brendadrake How big a social media platform do you think is necessary for a NF writer?

It really depends on what the topic is & it also might be subjective to each agent that is looking. I have clients who don't have huge numbers, but took them on bc their story has been featured in magazines or is relevant to current issues. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Aug 28

S. A. Bowden @SA_Bowden

@jldallow #askagent Hello Ms. Dallow! How would you describe your working style as an agent? Do you do editorial work?

I'm a very editorial agent. I do a content edit and then a line edit when it's almost ready to go out on submission. But if it needs TOO much editorial work, then it's probably not ready to be sent to agents. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Aug 28

angela! @vintageboombox

@jldallow have you noticed any trends in the market currently getting over saturated? #askagent

This is tricky. There are certain things I've noticed, but I also believe that someone should write what they're feeling because everything (for the most part) comes around again. If you have a book in your head, write it. It might not be your first sale. That's ok. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Aug 28

Carol Gore @CarolGo40107621

@jldallow How do you prefer query letters to be structured? Word count/genre/other stats up front, right into the hook, or otherwise?

For me personally, I prefer right into the hook and then stats after. However, as long as you have a good hook for your story and get me interested and wanting more, the order really doesn't matter to me. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Aug 28

Soph @SophiaDerise

@jldallow How important has Twitter (or any social media platform) been in helping you to find authors and manuscripts that you're excited to work with?

The only writers I search for is non-fiction where having a platform is important. Otherwise, I just find clients through contests, conferences, or my query inbox. Social media is good to have, but I wouldn't pass on someone because they don't have it. Unless it's NF. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Mar 13

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@jldallow Related topic (and if it isn't okay to ask, sincere apologies!!): If an agent's comments spurred an author to make significant changes to a full on which the agent had to pass, are agents willing to consider it again? I always wondered about that. Thanks!

Was it a R&R or was it just a couple comments? Regardless, if a significant rewrite has been done, I'd take a look again. I can't promise it's what I am looking for or if I feel a connection to it, but I'm always willing to give something another shot. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Mar 13

Meryn Lobb @bluntbiblio

@jldallow How do you feel about the uptick in “upper YA” and why do you think NA isn’t taking off as a category (other than romance)? It seems the obvious solution, but people still appear to be steering clear of defining books as NA.

The market became over saturated with NA so quickly and it fizzled out. Upmarket YA can just be considered crossover now. I’d love to see more college aged novels. It’s such an important time in our lives. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · Mar 13

AJ @ajormon

@jldallow If you’ve requested & turned down material from a writer, are you more or less excited to see a new manuscript from them?

I go through so much material that there’s a chance I won’t remember, but I do always like knowing if you’ve sent a query or manuscript to me before. I take each new project under consideration, so there’s no bias from my end when it comes to previous work. #askagent