Kortney Price


Literary Agent @RavenLiterary . Based in StL. Reader of "dark & stormy" stories. Seeking PB - YA of all shapes & sizes. I tweet about bookish things & my dog 🐢

Saint Louis, Missouri

Raven Quill Literary Agency

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 15 Jul 2019

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.

Replying to @deanna_wolff

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

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

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?

Replying to @SCLanggle

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.

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

Josie Smith @_josiesmith

@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 Congrats! πŸŽ‰

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!

Replying to @_josiesmith

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

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

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?

Replying to @goodgonegeek

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

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

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?

Replying to @mackenziemreed7

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 πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

Cortney Winn @CortneyWinn11

@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 You have an awesome name ! πŸ˜‰ What is your biggest pet peeve when reading queries?

Replying to @CortneyWinn11

Hey! You too! πŸ˜‚ 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

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

A M Duperre (Doo-pear-eee) @A_M_Duperre

@kortney_price #askagent I’ve heard recently that if you start your query letter with β€œI am seeking representation for...” that agents will automatically reject it. Is that true?

Replying to @A_M_Duperre

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 πŸ˜‚

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

Jamie Handling @JEHandling

@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 Is there a right/best time to query Christmas books? #askagent

Replying to @JEHandling

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.

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

Andrea Nourse @AndreaNourse

@kortney_price Should the author bio in a query be in first or third person? #askagent

Replying to @AndreaNourse

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

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

Philip Harris @philiptharris

@kortney_price @kaitylynne13 Is there a way to query an idea? #noob πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

Replying to @philiptharris

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

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

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!

Replying to @LaurieLascos

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

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 14 Jul 2019

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?

Replying to @spazgirl11

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. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ