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?
Joanne Machin is querying! @heyjomachin@bookendslit I’m curious how often agents at an agency work together vs independently & how important an agency’s support is relative to the writer’s relationship w/an agent (I hope that made sense...) #askagent
Alice Arley 🐇🌹🍵 @AliceArley@BookEndsJessica For PB representation, is it best to have a number of completed manuscripts even though you only query one at a time? I have been told that agents want to see that you aren't going to be a one time deal. They want someone who is likely to write multiple PB books.#askagent
Abbi Lee @abbilee18@jamerrson I'm curious...if an agent asks for additional manuscripts, do you send similar work or varied?
For example, if I query out a prose fiction pb, would I send out more prose when requested or send a mix of rhyming, narrative nf, etc since I write those too? #askagent
It’s always great to show variety, but if you do one thing well, you can show that too!
Abby Brinkerhoff @BrinkLr@jamerrson Any advice on author bios? I've started querying and have had to include bios as part of my #query, but I have no idea what to say. What should we include? What tone should we take? Playful? Serious? Neutral? Also, thanks for answering questions! #AskAgent
I think author bio could be very simple, even if you don’t have any writing credits. Where you’re from (if you want to share), career (if you want to share), writing credits. It could be a neutral tone, first person. Don’t overthink it!
Mister Hand @MisterHand1@jamerrson @bookendslit If I don’t hear anything from my last pending full request in the next month, I will have had to CNR 4 of the 10 requests I received for more materials. 9 fulls, 1 partial. Is this a run of bad luck,or is no response on becoming the new normal when rejecting fulls?
No response depends on agency guidelines. Are the no response means no agencies?
I think its harder to answer this without full scope of numbers and feedback, but never hurts to start something new while querying
Kiana Harris @Kiana_Tamarie@jamerrson Is there much flexibility for deadlines for clients or is it are the deadlines pretty rigid? And is there an issue with writers who might write and/or revise slowly? #AskAgent
There’s definitely flexibility, and your timelines are something you should talk to your agent about. 99% of the time, I’m sure it’s fine and reasonable.
Ashley Congdon @AshleyCCongdon@jamerrson What themes, topics, styles, etc. excite you right now for picture books? #askagent
Talynn Lynn @TalynnL@jamerrson @SoCalledYALife @BookEndsJessica @bookendslit Sometimes, writing can be confusing. But this makes sense, so thank you for taking the time to answer my question. PS: You don't want to include the ending of the story in the query, correct?
H.L. Van Gogh @_BooksByHannahHow do agents have the time to read both client work and submissions? Do you sleep?! #AskAgent
Brian Conley @BaghdadBrian#askagent do you see a clear difference btw upmarket, commercial, and literary-X (eg literary thriller)? If so, could you elaborate? @bookendslit
Talynn Lynn @TalynnL@SoCalledYALife @BookEndsJessica @bookendslit Right! But I mean, does the query discuss the entire book? Wouldn't that be more of a summary? So, like, should the query cover like two or three chapters? I don't know. Maybe I'm not making sense. #askagent
Joanne Roberts @BookishAmbitionWould you say that you personally are very hands on or editorial with your clients? Thanks #askagent
Write_reader23 @WReader23For relatively young authors (in their teens), would you want to see their age in their bio or does that create bias? #AskAgent
Rachna Chhabria @RachnaChhabria1An agent once emailed me apologizing for the delayed response to my partial, saying she had put my manuscript in her "Maybe" pile. I thought agents were always clear about a rejection or acceptance. #AskAgent