Jess Dallow


Associate literary agent at @browerliterary . Crisis Counselor. Cat sitter. All about wine, books, food, & tv. Opinions & tweets are my own.


Brower Literary & Management

Jess Dallow @jldallow · 8 Dec 2019

David Clark @Ricevillage

@jldallow How often is a query pitch attention-getting enough to ask for the full?

There's no percentage or anything. If you write a good query and aren't show-boating yourself or your story, and it sounds like something I want, I request. All you really need to do is describe your story in the best way possible. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · 8 Dec 2019

Maile Marriott @BurnettMaile

@jldallow Is there room in today's market for books aimed at an age category different from the age of the MC? I.e., many fairytales have adult characters, but are for younger audiences?

It's difficult, but it's not impossible. There are books with a younger character as the MC that is written for adults. The best advice is to see what the comps are and where they sit on the bookshelf. That's the best way to see if it can work. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · 8 Dec 2019

madeline dau @Madeline_Dau

@jldallow Is it better to nudge or just write it off if it's been over 8 weeks since a query (assuming on the website they say they respond to every query)?

If an agent responds to every query & you have followed the submission instructions, it's most likely they just haven't gotten to it yet. Queries can sit for months, depending on work load. If (& only if) they respond to all, you can nudge, but I'd wait a little longer. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · 8 Dec 2019

Darlene P. Campos 🇺🇸🇪🇨 @DarleneCampos91

@jldallow Is there ever a time to just quit querying an MS completely?

That is something I can't answer for you because it's so personal. If you're not getting reads, ask yourself why? Have other writers read it. Get feedback. The best resource writers have is other writers. Utilize them. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · 8 Dec 2019

Doug Huse @dhuse42

@jldallow Is it easy to tell if an editor has gone over a writer's query letter, synopsis, and ms? Or if writers do that on their own does that show?

It's not necessarily easy, although all 3 things should be *ready* for querying. Your query should be 2-3 paragraphs that tell your story in an interesting way. Your synopsis should be around 2 pages with all details. Your MS should have been read by beta readers. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · 8 Dec 2019

Michelle Lindo Rice @mlindorice

@jldallow I have written a couple books where the main character dies in the end. But what about when a main character dies earlier in the story? #askagent

If the main character dies earlier in the story, then who continues the story from there? Is it a dual POV? Is the person who is dying *really* the main character? If it's necessary to the story, then it sounds like the MC is the person who has to survive in their wake. #askagent

Jess Dallow @jldallow · 28 Aug 2019

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 · 28 Aug 2019

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 · 28 Aug 2019

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 · 28 Aug 2019

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 · 28 Aug 2019

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