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Deanna Wolff @deanna_wolff@kortney_price @A_M_Duperre What are some examples of auto-rejects? Funny, we were just talking about this in my writer's group yesterday.
For me it’s certain topics such as glorifying suicide and graphic rape scenes, calling me dumb in your query, being otherwise mean in the query, or genres I don’t actually represent
Steph Stallings @stephstall1@TokenGeekGirl @kortney_price Can I ask a follow up here? If there isn't a good stopping point around 15 pages, do you just cut it off? Or what do you do? I'd never considered that before
I would just cut it off at 15 pages if it isn’t within the 1-2 pages of the 15 mark
Geri Copitch @Nekkogc@kortney_price I am Jewish, but I take this to mean in a more in depth-grappling with issues kind of way?
I would consider it own voices then for sure
StephanieP @SCLanggle@kortney_price Does it help to publish excerpts from your novel-in-progress in a literary journal? Can doing so ever hurt your chances of getting published?
I feel like everything is different for fiction/nonfiction ... When I look at them, it depends on how long the excerpt is, how different the current work is from the published piece, and where/how it was published.
Geri Copitch @Nekkogc@kortney_price First, congratulations on your niece! You've already answered a bunch of great questions. Mine: if my protagonist is Jewish and celebrates holidays as they come around, but it doesn't come up as a conflict with peers, etc. would this count as diversity or own voices in any way?
I think that any representation would count as diversity, but own voices refers to an author writing about their own background/culture/race/etc
Josie Smith @_josiesmith@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 Congrats! 🎉
If you're considering trying to go after a career in agenting/publishing, what is the best place to start or a good first action? Thank you for your time!
Depending on the route you want to take, the best starting place is an internship. When I was looking for internships, I sent an email out to agents/houses near where I lived and asked if they needed help. There's no one single path to follow, sometimes you have to get creative
Sarah Jane @goodgonegeek@kortney_price If you're a writer who's been writing for years but has never tried to get a short story published in magazines or anything like that, what do you like to hear writers say about themselves or their writing background?
You might have professional experience that adds to your authority on the topic you're writing about, if you write for kids you could mention what experience you have working with kids, you can talk about your platform if that's relevant as well
Mackenzie Reed @mackenziemreed7@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 Hello! How important are comps? Is it ok if they aren't necessarily the same genre but have the same themes?
Comps can really enhance your query. I don't think that comps necessarily need to be in the same genre. Sometimes the voice, themes, or formatting might be similar 🤷♀️
MZelaya @MZelaya8@kortney_price @Literary_Tara What's the average time for an agent to read a requested full manuscript? I'm sorry, I've had several requests for my full manuscripts, but haven't heard back from any of the agents yet and the suspense is killing me! 😂
The longest one was requested and sent 16 weeks ago. 😊
Oh gosh, every agent is different. My best advice is to try to focus on the next story. Keep writing and keep working on building your brand/platform. They'll get back to you as soon as they can!
Cortney Winn @CortneyWinn11@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 You have an awesome name ! 😉 What is your biggest pet peeve when reading queries?
Hey! You too! 😂 Biggest pet peeve has got to be "I know you don't rep this, but ..." If I don't rep something it could be for a lot of reasons (industry familiarity in the category/genre, personal tastes, etc). It's better to focus on agents who do represent your work
♠️💜JoAnne Turner, she/her 🏳️🌈 @TokenGeekGirl@kortney_price Do you have a niece yet?
And my actual question is, how hard and fast is a 15 page request? I've gotten those after pitching at conferences. My first chapter is more like 10, but the inciting incident doesn't happen till page 20 or so.
Assuming 250 word pages.
Not yet! Always getting closer though!... I would say plus or minus one or two pages is okay, but I wouldn't push it further than that. You don't want the agent to come to the conclusion that you don't follow directions well
A M Duperre (Doo-pear-eee) @A_M_Duperre@kortney_price #askagent I’ve heard recently that if you start your query letter with “I am seeking representation for...” that agents will automatically reject it. Is that true?
I have never heard that. Seems super harsh. I know every agent has their auto reject moments. I'm pretty chill, but I did have one author call me dumb in their first sentence and that was an auto reject for me 😂
Keri @BackyardReading@kortney_price If a publishing house has shown interest in your ms, is that something that should be mentioned in a query to an agent?
Congrats on your niece!
Thanks! I would include that information for sure! Anything that shines a brighter light on your story should be included
Jamie Handling @JEHandling@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 Is there a right/best time to query Christmas books? #askagent
I don't think so. I know some agents look specifically for christmas books, so I'd look for that! Publishing schedules are so all over the board that I don't think there's a specific time when a Christmas book will do better or worse with agents.
Andrea Nourse @AndreaNourse@kortney_price Should the author bio in a query be in first or third person? #askagent
I'm not picky when I am looking at queries. I say match it to the rest of the query. If you're personalizing the query to the agent (which I recommend) I would keep everything in first, but that's not a hard and fast rule
Philip Harris @philiptharris@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 Is there a way to query an idea? #noob 🤷🏼♂️
If the story is nonfiction, you can submit a proposal but don't necessarily have to have the manuscript totally written.
If the story is fiction, I HIGHLY recommend having the manuscript completed
Laurie Lascos @LaurieLascos@kortney_price What's your opinion on the MG fantasy market right now? I've heard that MG is "catching up to YA" in terms of oversaturation. IYO, do you think this is true? How does it affect the way in which you narrow down your slush? Thanks!
I haven't had a ton of pushback on fantasy, however, magical realism I've had a tougher time with lately. It's not in high demand but I wouldn't let that put you off writing/subbing it. Right now I have MG fantasy on my list so it's going to be harder to get a request
markkennedysem @markkennedysem@kortney_price If the book is standalone, but part of a series, which is tied into a larger plot, do you mention that in the query?
I would mention it if I were you. When I'm considering a manuscript, I like to have all of the facts in front of me. 😃
Cara Liebowitz @spazgirl11@kortney_price If an agent doesn't specifically request a revise & resubmit, but says they have a problem with one particular thing in your manuscript, is it okay to revise to fix that issue and resubmit?
Some agents are strict about saying if they didn't request one, they don't want one. I'm cool with an author asking if they're unsure, but if you talk me into an R&R, I'm going to be that much harder to convince to offer. 🤷♀️
A.K. Suarez @AKwritesnow@kortney_price If an agent (could be you or what you’ve observed) gives an author a revise & resubmit response that includes feedback & specific suggestions, how often does submission of the revised manuscript result in an offer of rep? What makes you say yes or no the second time around?
I can't say what the average is, but what I'm looking for is that the author took my revisions to heart and was able to implement them. Did the overall strength of the story improve? How much more work will the manuscript need?