Kortney Price

@kortney_price

Junior Agent @CorvisieroLit . Science Fiction/ Fantasy Geek. Tea Addict. Dog Person. Jane Austen Re-reader. Travel Junkie.

Saint Louis, Missouri

Corvisiero Literary Agency

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 6 Nov 2018

Kortney Price @kortney_price

@TRittershaus Oh gosh, this answer is gonna take a minute lol... I start with the basics: word count, genre, age range, etc. Then I look at the concept and whether it's a) something I like b) something fresh c) appropriate for the age range the author is aiming for. (1/2)

Replying to @kortney_price

Then I look at the pages... here I'm looking for pacing, character dev, show vs. tell, sentence structure, voice, world building, etc. Not all of these will be super prevalent in just 5 pages but there are signs that the author has a grasp on the concepts that I'm looking for

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 6 Nov 2018

Tamara Rittershaus @TRittershaus

@kortney_price Do you mind sharing your process when reading a query? #askagent

Replying to @TRittershaus

Oh gosh, this answer is gonna take a minute lol... I start with the basics: word count, genre, age range, etc. Then I look at the concept and whether it's a) something I like b) something fresh c) appropriate for the age range the author is aiming for. (1/2)

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 6 Nov 2018

Ashley Hill @renegadehill

@kortney_price I’d think it would be hard to pull something like that off.

Replying to @renegadehill

I usually say to write your query like the copy on the back of other books in your category and genre. You want to sell it while keeping a professional attitude

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 6 Nov 2018

Ashley Hill @renegadehill

@kortney_price How often do people try and query from the perspective of their MC?

Replying to @renegadehill

Not super often and when it does it’s almost exclusively middle grade stories. I don’t totally recommend the practice because it distracts from making your story shine

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 6 Nov 2018

Lynn(e) Schmidt @LynneSchmidt

@kortney_price More specifically on the query letter. I’ve found the agents who rep, but I don’t know what to say because it’s not YA or even Memoir #AskAgent

Replying to @LynneSchmidt

My best suggestion would be to get as close as you can. Whatever audience the story is intended for will be your age category and then you showcase how awesomely unique your story is.

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 6 Nov 2018

Chelsea Callahan @TheWritingDruid

@kortney_price Whats the worst mistake a writer can make either in their query or their manuscript?

Replying to @TheWritingDruid

Oh gosh, that’s tough. I’ve had people insult me in their queries.... that’s an auto reject lol
In pages I think the hardest thing for me to move past is flat/underdeveloped characters

Kortney Price @kortney_price · 6 Nov 2018

ellen Ⓜ️ulholland is NanoWriMo-ing📚👩🏻‍🍳✨ @thisgirlclimbs

@kortney_price What do you hope to see most in a story: flawless writing, compelling plot, high stakes? 🤔

Replying to @thisgirlclimbs

I’m gonna go with flawless writing... I can work with upping the stakes in edits and a compelling plot either is or isn’t. But flawless writing will make me fall in love with a story even if it’s struggling in other ways