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Brittney Woodson @brittney_canna@laurenspieller Thank you for responding! From an older ms that got some attention last year, I had received some personal rejections stating they loved the premise but had issues with other things (voice, making some scenes stronger) so I wondered if I revised it differently would it be ok
Yes, but make sure it is TRULY revised
Brittney Woodson @brittney_canna@laurenspieller I’m not sure if you’re still answering questions, but if a writer receives a personalized rejection from a manuscript, do you think it’s okay to revise that same ms and query it again to the agent even if they didn’t ask for an R&R? Or is it best to submit an entirely new ms?
You can try, but it’s possible the agent will pass without reading
Gina Pagán @ReignaFTW@laurenspieller When querying, is it bad to use a title that the agent represents as a comp, since it might come off as being too similar to something on their list?
I’d clarify what it is about your book that’s different
Leslie is drafting WIP#2 @LeslieDRush@laurenspieller If I queried an agent a year ago, and the MS has had major revisions/ mentor program etc since then, can I requery, and should I mention the mentor program as the source of the revisions?
Destinee S. @winkchii@laurenspieller Sorry, I have another question. Is not hearing back on an R&R on a partial for a month a bad sign? Also, does the amount of clients signed at one time affect the acquiring of a new client? Will there be a period of time that an agent won't look for new clients?
A month isn’t that long, but you should nudge at 6 weeks (but not until after the holiday). Agents will take on as many clients as they are excited about and can personally handle
Jen e.e. Edwards @Jene_e_edwards@laurenspieller best advise to make sure you're writing an enticing summary in your query instead of falling into doing a synopsis accidentally?
Two paragraphs. Don’t give away the ending
Melanie Locke @MelisWriting@laurenspieller How long do you think it typically takes to edit something into acceptable quality? Alternatively, how do I know when something is good enough for querying. I don't want to risk ruining my chances because I send out something unedited.
It depends on the book, but you should def be getting feedback from critique partners and revising at LEAST once
Rachel Greenlaw @rachelgreenlaw_@laurenspieller And I have another one (sorry to bombard you!) but would you say 25% is a good amount for act 1 of a manuscript, or do you think that's a little too much of 'the setup'?
It really depends, but if you have a ton of set up and backstory readers will get bored
Brekke 🧝🏻♀️IS REVISING @BrekkeWrites@laurenspieller How important is it for a querying Arthur to let you know they have other projects in the works? Would you want to know about any of these in a query, or leave them out altogether?
You can mention it but it’s not essential
Brekke 🧝🏻♀️IS REVISING @BrekkeWrites@laurenspieller How open are you to another fairytale retelling? Do you think the market is to flooded for these?
I’m open to it as long as it’s doing something new with the genre/is retelling a lesser-known fairytale
Cit Callahan @AuthorCCallahan@laurenspieller What's the most important part about a romcom for you? Like what really defines the best parts of the genre?
Ooo this is a good question. My answer isn’t great but it IS crucial: the story has to actually be FUNNY
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf@laurenspieller When is the worst time to send in manuscripts (right after subs open again after a break, or just before agents go on break)? NOTE: not counting times agents are not accepting subs
Both are fine!
Lilly SPOOKY-ago 🇵🇷 @LillyMSantiago@laurenspieller what's a trend that you would really like to see resurface in YA?
Okay, maybe that’s not fair—it’s not like there was a strong trend and then it disappeared, a la dystopian. But I still wants it, precious.