Joel Arcanjo @Joelarcanjo#askPSLA What really grabs your attention in an opening chapter?
A killer first line, a main character who I can already envision in my head bc of strong voice, a beginning of the plot/trouble #askPSLA
S.L.Hutchinson @SLHutchinson#askPSLA What's the best thing an aspiring author can do to build an audience/brand before publication?
Fiction or nonfic? For fiction, don't focus on building a brand, focus on building a community of peers! #askPSLA
Cimone Watson @bachbunny#askpsla Do you like for querying authors to have ideas about their books' marketing, and should we mention that in the query?
Not really, assuming you mean fiction! Skip any marketing/publicity talk and focus on plot (unless you're BFFs with a celeb?) #askPSLA
Liam D @elprime@PSLiterary If a book aimed at adults has a younger MC (teen/tween), does that create confusion? Enough to endanger a query? #askPSLA @kurestinarmada
Nope, but this is where it might be good to add a comp to underline that your tone is still firmly adult. #askPSLA
Kerstin Wolf @Kerstin_Wolf#askPSLA Is there any specific skill that you find is necessary when doing your job?
it would be hard to pick a specific one! So much is mental, like taste, perseverance, reading the market/people, etc #askPSLA
Moniza Hossain @moniza_hossain#askPSLA are agents less willing to take on Writers who live far away from them (in Asia, for example)
I have two Australian clients and one traveling the world by boat... So no :) #askPSLA
Michele DeWerth @mdewerthWhich has a better chance of being picked up - fiction based loosely on some aspect of real world or a nonfiction account of same? #askPSLA
Memoir is a VERY tough sell, so probably fiction, but that doesn't necessarily mean it'll be easy either! #askPSLA
Shay Quast @shayodi_quastWould a young author make you hesitant to work with them? (Ex. 18) #askPSLA
I won't rep under 18, and it would take an amazing MS to make me consider under 20. Usually needs more practice #askPSLA
Kerstin Wolf @Kerstin_Wolf#askPSLA As far as internships go, is it considered poor etiquette to be doing two at one time?
If 2 agencies, would depend on how private the agents are. Would def require full disclosure &a huge time commitment #askPSLA
Adam Zero @adamzero6Weird one. Have you ever passed on a query that you eventually saw become published elsewhere? #askPSLA
not a query, bc I probably forgot it quickly. But yes on a partial, and I'm very happy for them! #askPSLA
Lisa @LmarieWritesI see a lot of different suggestions for what a YA contemporary word count should be. What are your thoughts? #askPSLA
50-70k maybe? It's pretty wide, but I would probably avoid 90+ #askPSLA
Kerstin Wolf @Kerstin_Wolf#askPSLA When looking for a job at an agency, is there any other place that it could be posted besides a blog, BookJobs, and PubLunch?
sometimes for internships they'll post on Twitter, other times it's all friend of a friend #askPSLA
Heath Fields @HeathRFields#askPSLA 72 agents quer'd, 2 partials reqd, 3 fulls reqd. 3 personalized rejections. If I were ur friend, what hard advice would u give me?
it's either your query or your book is really niche market. Get your QL in front of a professional to know which! #askPSLA