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 @leonickaI 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.
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)
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
Local Loc @zyon_h@leonicka Hi I was wondering if when your queries reopen if you would be interested in a story about a young Japanese girl befriending and being trained by an all-powerful goddess?
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
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
Lee Geiger @LeeGeiger@leonicka Hi Leonicka. Is the romantic mystery a relevant genre anymore? It seems to me like fewer agents are interested in promoting that type of novel. Asking for a friend 😎
The popularity of certain genres ebbs and flows. Rom com is booming right now but that doesn’t mean other subsets of romance won’t sell. #askagent
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
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
Lauren Darnell @LaurenLDarnell@leonicka @alechiawrites Don’t feel too bad they all take a long time to respond if you even get anything back at all. Lots of us, few of you.
Do you ever get put off if one of the comp titles is a movie? I always feel weird referencing the Dark Crystal but it’s the most accurate.
Movies and other media but they’re technically not “comp titles”. #askagent
Lane @lanewriteswords@leonicka #askagent Do you think an MC who is the daughter of a sexual assault victim and the internal struggles that involves is too dark for YA?
IMO nothing is “too dark” for YA. If teens experience it, teens can read it. All comes down to voice and execution. #askagent
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
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
Some Objects (Not all of them. Just some.) @Someobjects@leonicka #AskAgent if you ever give feedback on submissions, do you find you're more likely to give it for works that are ALMOST something ready by your standards OR something that seems to need a lot of work?
I give way more feedback when things are ALMOST there. When there are significant issues it can sometimes be bigger problem than I can address after only reading an excerpt. #askagent
Léonicka @leonickaI 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 @leonicka1. I request when I've read the sample and the synopsis and I'm eager to keep reading. The easiest way to do this is to entertain me! I am a book lover and I miss reading for fun. So if I fly through your sample like it's a hot new release, I'm requesting. #askagent twitter.com/jeveuxharibo/s…
2. Biggest reasons I reject: "I don't rep that" and "this book is too long." Also there are themes that just aren't for me. Sexual violence is usually an instant no. #askagent