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)
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
Tamara Rittershaus @TRittershaus@kortney_price Do you mind sharing your process when reading a query? #askagent
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)
Amber A. Logan @AmberAnnLogan@kortney_price Thanks for doing this! If a writer gets an offer of rep and nudges all the agents who she has queried, should the writer mention the name of the agent who offered rep or just keep it short and confidential? #askagent
I would just say you have an offer. If an agent wants to know who their competition is, they’ll ask and not be upset with you for not including that information in the initial email 😊
Ashley Hill @renegadehill@kortney_price I’d think it would be hard to pull something like that off.
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
Ashley Hill @renegadehill@kortney_price How often do people try and query from the perspective of their MC?
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
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
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.
Chelsea Callahan @TheWritingDruid@kortney_price Whats the worst mistake a writer can make either in their query or their manuscript?
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
ellen Ⓜ️ulholland is NanoWriMo-ing📚👩🏻🍳✨ @thisgirlclimbs@kortney_price What do you hope to see most in a story: flawless writing, compelling plot, high stakes? 🤔
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