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
Randi Muilenburg @RandiLeaWriting@jldallow If a querying author has completely redone a query and opening pages (as well as most of the novel) you previously passed on, are you interested in taking another look or is it a permanent pass already?
I’ll take another look at it. It still might not be the right fit for me, but if it’s been redone, feel free to send. #askagent
Jess Dallow @jldallowif it’s a story I’d be interested in. I like knowing what to expect. It also helps us - as agents - pitch it to editors when it’s submission time. Not all agents need them. I prefer them. Using film/tv as a comp is good (I love it since I used to work in entertainment) but also
use a book. Preferably one from the last couple of years. But to start, it’s research. #askagent
Jess Dallow @jldallowIs it a different story you're querying? If it's the same, it really depends. There are definitely Wattpad stories that have been popular that have been published traditionally. I wouldn't necessarily take one on because if it's available for free online, I'd have to make a case twitter.com/_DaisyBlaine/s…
to publishers on why it's worth the risk. But if it's a popular writer who is querying another story, it doesn't hurt or hinder. I just want to love your story. #askagent
Jess Dallow @jldallowFirst and foremost, I need to care about the character, but there is that general balance. I notice people add in backstory a lot in the first chapter and that delays the action. There are other ways for me to care about your protag. Their narrative voice, their relationships twitter.com/HannahMorrisse…
with others. Their reactions to normal things that is specific to him/her. I don't think you have to start in the middle of things, but I also wouldn't take too long to get there. #askagent
Andrea Nourse @AndreaNourse@jldallow How soon is too soon to query a second book after a rejection? Assuming the second project is edited, revised, polished and ready? #askagent
I don't mind if someone queries soon after if the book is ready. #askagent
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
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
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
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
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
🆆🆁🅴🅺🅴🅷🅰🆅🅾🅲 @wrekehavoc@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
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
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
Carol Gore @CarolGo40107621@jldallow I've read that the horror genre is making a come back, but I see few new titles being released compared to other genres. Is horror a hard sell to an editor/readers? How trend driven is it? #askagent
Is this in YA or adult? I think the market is slowly coming around to It again, but these are books that won’t be published until late 2019/2020. #askagent