Léonicka
@leonicka
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Laura Zats @LZats

It's 2021; it's time to stop comping to Harry Potter

I see some folks in the replies asking why and I’m bored on this afternoon walk so I’ll answer! #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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81 MSWL
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Veronica F. Johnson @vfieldsjohnson

@leonicka Hi @leonicka thank you for taking questions! What level of editing would you recommend for an aspiring author's manuscript before submitting to an agent? Copy, Line, Developmental or all 3?

All of the above! Send the agent the best draft you can. You don’t want to be rejected for something you knew you had to fix. Don’t start querying if you’re still circulating the draft for feedback. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
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Léonicka @leonicka

I LOVE this Q and am running a workshop on it June 12.
Short A: Self-publishing is amazing if Self has the skills and resources to fill the function of a publisher.

floridawritingworkshops.com/schedule-2018-… twitter.com/trent_lewin/st…

Functions of publisher incl:
-prepare product for market (incl editing, typesetting, cover design)
-produce product (incl print and bind)
-market product (incl identify target audience and convert them to readers)
-distribute product (incl warehouse, ship, fulfillment)
#askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
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81 MSWL
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Dayle Olson (she/her) 🌈 @daylejean

@leonicka Hi Leonicka, if a PB query has been submitted to an agent, but later the MS undergoes a significant revision, is it a good (or bad) idea to follow-up with the agent to ask if they would like to see the revised MS?

Great Q! If I haven’t responded to the query yet, it’s fine for writers to nudge me letting me know they have a revised version. I wouldn’t want to reject them based on something they’ve already fixed. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹 | Check out @TheFOLD_ . Literary Agent at @TransLitAgency . CLOSED TO QUERIES. All glory to God ✝️
81 MSWL
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Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹 | Check out @TheFOLD_ . Literary Agent at @TransLitAgency . CLOSED TO QUERIES. All glory to God ✝️
81 MSWL
42 AskAgent
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G’morning! I’m doing a day in the life and an #askagent on my IG. Y’all should really follow me over there @/leonicka_

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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81 MSWL
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Julianne Mundle @JulianneMundle

@leonicka Hi @leonicka, I noticed that you are not interested in manuscripts that “teach a lesson.” Are you able to elaborate on what you mean by that please?

GREAT Q! I want books that kids will pick up for themselves and share with their friends, not books that their parents/teachers will force them read so they learn to share or the value of teamwork or something. I’m not a fan of didactic texts. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
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81 MSWL
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Gina Denny @ginad129

@leonicka If an agent/agency says their response time is X weeks, but X week fell during the holiday fog at the end of December, should I allow more time? Or assume it's a No Response Means No? #askagent
Replying to @ginad129

Great question! Agents with a “no response means no” policy will state so clearly on their site. If they list a response but have missed it, they’re probably just swamped/dealing with all the 2020 nonsense. I recommend giving them a bit more time, then a polite nudge. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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81 MSWL
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Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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81 MSWL
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Ren Kath @RenKath1

@leonicka @alechiawrites As a Canadian writer, would I be looking at a significantly different experience working with an agent in Canada vs the US?

A US agent may be less familiar with the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of the Canadian industry. Might be less familiar with awards system and grant structures. If those things are important to you ask in the offer call. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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81 MSWL
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Matthias St. Richard @MatthiStRichard

@leonicka Ooh! Are genre-mashers (manuscripts that consciously belong to multiple genres or no genre at all) easier to analyse, or harder?

Not sure what you mean by analyse but they can be a slightly harder sell only because publishing likes easy labels and obvious audience. But that won’t deter an experienced agent cuz when it works it works really well. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹 | Check out @TheFOLD_ . Literary Agent at @TransLitAgency . CLOSED TO QUERIES. All glory to God ✝️
81 MSWL
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Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹 | Check out @TheFOLD_ . Literary Agent at @TransLitAgency . CLOSED TO QUERIES. All glory to God ✝️
81 MSWL
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Lisa Brideau @LBrideau2

@leonicka (I don't think you should feel bad, you're busy!) What's one difference about agenting/publishing in Canada vs the US that you wish people knew?

People really underestimate how much smaller the Canadian industry is. (But Canada is a v important market.) This leads to really wonky expectations of Canadian sales, marketing, distribution etc. More than I can explain here. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹 | Check out @TheFOLD_ . Literary Agent at @TransLitAgency . CLOSED TO QUERIES. All glory to God ✝️
81 MSWL
42 AskAgent
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Maria Hossain (she/her) @Maria__Hossain

@leonicka I hope this isn't silly to ask but

What's the first thing an agent usually does after signing with a new client? Do they immediately jump into revision/discussion over the project that the client queried about?

Can only speak for me but my priority is getting the MS ready to sell. So yes my first big step is re-reading the manuscript to make careful edit notes. Another early step is prepping a new client announcement if the timing is right 😊 #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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81 MSWL
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Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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81 MSWL
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Léonicka @leonicka

I say no to a full manuscript when something is off with the execution and it would need significant revision to fix. #askagent twitter.com/adrii_deper/st…

"Significant revision" means that there is a good chance that the writer may be unable or unwilling to make the changes I'm suggesting. So I send a revise and resubmit letter and pray for the best. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
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Adrii @adrii_deper

@leonicka What makes you say no?

I say no to a full manuscript when something is off with the execution and it would need significant revision to fix. #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹 | Check out @TheFOLD_ . Literary Agent at @TransLitAgency . CLOSED TO QUERIES. All glory to God ✝️
81 MSWL
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Bonus: Here's my blog post on how I decide to offer representation: leonicka.com/2019/02/25/dec… #askagent

Léonicka
@leonicka
Literary Agent
she/her 🇭🇹 | Check out @TheFOLD_ . Literary Agent at @TransLitAgency . CLOSED TO QUERIES. All glory to God ✝️
81 MSWL
42 AskAgent
5 Tips