Kurestin Armada


Literary Agent at @PSLiterary . Specializes in science fiction and fantasy. Lives in the wilds of New York City.


P.S. Literary Agency

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 25 Feb 2019

Rachel Menard @MissusM

What are the current feelings on prologues? Is a book with one an automatic pass? #askPSLA

It's definitely not an automatic pass, but it still needs to meet the test of being interesting enough to make your reader want to keep turning pages, a test you have to pass on every single page. If we have to wait for the story to "get good," we won't. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 25 Feb 2019

Sabrina Kleckner @sabkleckner

Do you have advice for knowing when a project is ready to query? I've queried my current ms and stopped to revise twice because of CP notes, and am nervous to head back into the trenches again in case the book is still not ready. #askpsla

Replying to @sabkleckner

When it's the best you can make it with all of your resources (beta readers and critique partners), really! And then immediately start working on a new book--publishing is a long game, and often you can't hit the next level of growth until you start a new project. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 25 Feb 2019

Shorey Andrews @ShorStar

#askPSLA how important is it to have a well-established personal blog when pitching a book of personal essays? Is a huge social media following also a part of the consideration? Thanks 😊

Replying to @ShorStar

I think it's more important to have something published in a more official place--be it print or digital. That's true of any collection really, be it essays or short stories. And for essays platform definitely counts, but I don't think it has to be "huge," necessarily. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Love, Emma 💜 @EmmaWard55

@PSLiterary Sorry if you've already had this and I missed it! How did you all get into agency work? #askPSLA

I did a publishing program at Columbia to see what all interested me. After that I tried my hand at publicity and wasn't a fan, so decided to jump to the exact opposite end of the process. I got an assistant gig and that was that! #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Erica Secor @thedavisgirl

How did you each celebrate signing your fist client or finding a home for your first project? #askpsla @kurestinarmada @msmariavicente

Oh man! I don't think I did anything big, but it probably involved a bottle of prosecco and a very nice cut of steak. And telling literally everyone in a 20-mile radius. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Alisha Gabriel @alishagabriel

#askPSLA If someone writes in multiple children’s genres, like MG & PB, do you rep it all, or put limits on the agent/author agreement?

It depends on the agent, but that's def something you would talk about in your initial call with them. Some will rep all, or have another agent at the same agency rep it, or be open to you obtaining multiple agents. But you probably want someone who does it all! #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Michelé Strachota @MStracho

@BradyRHart In relation to this great question! Are there months where your inboxes are generally more flooded? And months that are light consistently? #askPSLA

Hmmmm, not really? Or rather, yes the waves come and go, but I don't think they're related to anything in particular. And some months I get less in quantity but they're all AMAZING and others I get a flood and nothing clicks. It's a giant mystery! #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Zoe @squaremouse7

Hope this is okay to ask: Is YA historical fantasy too saturated? #askPSLA

Nope! Now, some areas of "history" are certainly more saturated than others, but in the general, nope. And if you have something with a funny voice like GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE or MY LADY JANE, I am convinced it's the next hot thing, so do send :) #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Tiana @thebookraven_

If you have more then one manuscript can you pitch both to the same agent or must you pick one? Or could you pitch the same agent more then once? #askPSLA

You have to pick one at a time, I'm afraid. If they offer you can always discuss the other, and if they pass then you can query the other after a bit of time has passed. But you probably want to be leading with your newest and best anyway! #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Brady Hart @BradyRHart

What cringeworthy trope infects your slush pile like an unkillable virus? #askPSLA pic.twitter.com/m7mkh1r39S

Lol! I'm never going to be the one for angel/demon stories, especially in a modern setting. Fantasy-world demons are a whole different thing, though. Purely personal preference, of course 🤗 #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Kari Hagen @KariHagenWrites

When reading a partial/full and the pages need some minor editorial tweaking but you love it, would you make and offer or tell the writer to Revise and Resubmit? #askPSLA

If I had the vision for it, I would offer on it. If I had a big picture vision but it would require a complete rewrite of the book, I would ask for an R&R (which happens even less often than I make an offer). #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

Shelby Cohen @BigHungryShelby

How important is the genre ID in a query letter? I'm not sure I'm objective enough to decide if my book is commercial or upmarket fiction. #askPSLA

Small distinctions like that aren't a big deal. Something like adult vs MG or thriller vs fiction makes a bigger difference--but even then I've read manuscripts with an eye toward what I think they should be, rather than what the author labeled them as originally. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 9 Jul 2018

J.L. Cole @jlcole1331

Thank-you for doing this! My first question is; would having minor grammar or punctuation mistakes in my MS be enough for an agent to turn it down? Wondering if I can get away with not hiring a professional editor as it's very pricey. #askPSLA

Absolutely not! You should carefully proofread it yourself, of course, but a handful of mistakes won't make me turn down something that otherwise flows well. And minor mistakes like that are definitely not what you would want to pay a professional editor for. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 18 May 2017

PugetZulu @PugetZulu

@kurestinarmada what makes you decide between rejecting a submission and offering a Revise/Resubmit #askPSLA

Replying to @PugetZulu

Usually the power of the writing. I can't edit voice/writing the way I can edit plot, so it'll tip the scales if good enough. #askPSLA

Kurestin Armada @kurestinarmada · 18 May 2017

Replying to @emkayanders

There are pretty good resources out there, but I hope authors are asking Q's to refine what kind of agent they want/need! #askPSLA