she/her 🇭🇹. Christian ✝️. JD Candidate 2024. Literary Agent @TransLitAgency . Closed to queries.
D. Hawkins 🌈 @DHawkinsAuthor@leonicka How many words should we shoot for in a query to you?
Diane Farrugia @DianeFarrugia3@leonicka Would a YA/Adult crossover fantasy romance with chronic illness rep. interest you?
Nathan Maharaj 🦖 @nrmaharaj@leonicka What's a common query no-no? The kind of thing that instantly puts a query in the No pile, but smart and worthy writers often trip over?
Writers are often looking for the maximum number of agents to pitch to but in my session on queries I posit that this is an incorrect approach. You want to look for the most QUALIFIED agents to pitch to. #askagent
Léonicka @leonickaGreat unique Q! no rule but I’d avoid this. It’s not rude but your email wouldn’t be high priority so it may not get answered. Instead, try to get that info from their client list and sales history. #askagent #protip twitter.com/SNegreteWrites…
S. Negrete 🇨🇦 🇲🇽 ✨💖✨ @SNegreteWrites@leonicka One of my questions would be, can we email the agents asking for more specific examples in their wish list? I’ve seen agents who have “commercial fiction” in their lists, but know for a fact some genres they don’t actually like.
RaQia Lowo @RaQiaLowo@leonicka Do I have to move to Canada for you to be my agent? 😂😂
Seriously, this looks like a great conference. I'm preoccupied with finishing MS to query WITH. I can't think of any questions right now.
Carolynn Howard @carolynn_howard@leonicka On a far more serious note though - is there anything you're dying to see right now, whether it just be the way writers phrase their queries, to a certain genre/style of manuscript you would love to rep? #AskAgent
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