Jess Lucas 🥀🖤🍏 @storybrookelaneHi. I have a Wattpad question too. If I have a book with over 13k reads, is that an impressive number to add to my query while querying another MS? I have added that it was shortlisted for their Wattys awards but wondering about that too. #askPSLA
Robin Zabiegalski 🦄 @amiafeministtoo@kurestinarmada I have a pretty robust digital media portfolio. Is that considered or just nonfiction pieces in litmags?
Robin Zabiegalski 🦄 @amiafeministtooWhat makes a nonfiction (memoir style essay collection) query stand out for you? What do I NEED to include to maximize my chances for a book proposal request? #askPSLA
Lisa Roman @life_with_rileyIs there ever an instance where it’s acceptable to re-query an agent that has already passed on your work (by not responding at all), say after a certain amount of time has passed and/or after major revisions to your MS and query letter? #askPSLA
Francesca Tacchi @jackdaw_writes#askPSLA as an Italian writer currently working my way in the query trenches, I fear the fact I'm not an English native speaker may 'scare' agents away. Is this a valid fear, or would an agent not consider my nationality relevant, as long as the story is strong?
Lisa-Michelle Kucharz @lmkucharzI’m fairly new to the process of seeking representation for my memoir. What would you suggest I look for in an agent and agency? #askPSLA
𝖒𝖆𝕶𝖆𝖞𝖑𝖆 𝖘𝖔𝖕𝖍𝖎𝖆 ❄️ @makayla_sophiaIs it usually okay if a writer has made a different project available on sites like Wattpad but is querying something new? Would the old project deter their chances? #askPSLA
Keala @kkealakaiWith YA sci-fi, what type of projects would you like to see? (Space opera, Black Mirror, cyberpunk, etc.) It seems like only soft sci-fi, like Black Mirror, and space opera are really taking off while the rest of YA sci-fi remains a hard sell. #askPSLA
YA SF is incredibly hard right now, in almost all areas. So it's not something I'm actively looking for, versus adult SF where I definitely want to see all of it. But something that's close to our world but just a bit off would definitely be interesting! #askPSLA
Noreen @naziasoCan bio be non-writing? Specially if it’s ownvoices? #askpsla
Ayana Gray @AyanaGrayWhat sorts of things in a YA fantasy make you immediately request (besides good writing) or immediately pass (a trope you don’t like)? #askPSLA
Chris Bedell @ChrisBedellIs it bad for a YA Thriller to be 55k words to 59k words? Should it be at least 60k words? Or is 55k words to 59k words okay if it's Contemporary? #askPSLA
Rhiannon Lotze @RhiannonLotze1. What common phrases about fictional works do you absolutely hate seeing in query letters?
2. When an agent turns down a query, is it protocol to send them a final thank you email or should you leave them be to avoid cluttering their inbox?
Maria Vicente @msmariavicente@kevintreaccar Illustration notes should only be used when the illustrations add understanding to the story that the reader won't get from the text alone. #askPSLA
Tesse Struve @StruveTesseIs YA still a pretty hot genre? I’ve heard rumors it’s starting to slow in popularity. Thanks! #askPSLA
Sales are starting to shrink and it's definitely starting to slow a bit, though it's by no means disappearing. I think middle grade is where people are really hungry for some truly excellent stuff, and there's a lot of breathing room for cool concepts! #askPSLA
Jaynie Hylton @jayniehyltonAre publishers hesitant about hiring debut illustrators or does the strength of the portfolio outweigh inexperience? #askPSLA
Every editor I've talked to lately says they would love to find more illustrators to add to their pool! So I think the portfolio definitely outweighs inexperience, it's all about showing you can do the kind of work required--but exp does help get your name out there. #askPSLA
Amy G Nash, LCPC @trotter47Would you advise a writer to seek an editor who o look over the manuscript before seeking an agent? #askPSLA
N. Nasim Homer @HomerNasimWhen you meet an agent at a lit conference, what is the appropriate way to approach them about your manuscript? Do you pitch them immediately or just let them know you would like to query them? Also is it okay to follow up a few months after or does time run out? #askPSLA
You can pitch them if you want (assuming you mean in the hallway and not in a meeting), but querying is free so it may be better than memorizing a pitch. Instead consider asking them things to get insight into what they like/the industry and use that in your query later! #askPSLA
Angelique Stefanelli 🦂 @ac_stefanelliFor adult fiction (fantasy in particular), what are the best ways to make certain readers aren’t turned off by younger MCs (child/teen aged)? And are adult POVs required if it’s adult fantasy? #askPSLA
Adriëlle @AdrielleBlaasWhat is you opinion of softer heroines in YA Fantasy compared to the current trend of hardened/angry ones? Are they a tougher sell? #askPSLA
Kevin M Moehring @kevinmmoehring#askPSLA I'm new to the whole pitch and query thing. I honestly never thought I'd write more than a single book. I'm currently finishing the third in a series. Are books that are part of a pre-existing series looked down upon during the query process?
Do you mean trying to query book three or four in an already published series? Because then yes, it will be very difficult to get representation for a project like that. But if you just mean you have several books done and are querying Book 1, you're probably fine. #askPSLA