Van Derance @VanDerance@literallycait Hello! Do you accept queries for novellas?
Technically yes, but they are a more limited market at the moment. I'm seeing that market expand more every month, though, so it is looking better than ever before!
Sasa Hawk @SasaHawk@literallycait Oh sorry! I meant should I focus on a different project in a different age category if YA is a tough sell?
YA will always have a market so unless you have a trend-driven book I wouldn't worry too much. But if you do have another project on the backburner you feel you could switch to, by all means!
Madeleine McLaughlin @Madoxane@literallycait How many PB MS should a writer have completed before querying?
One, unless there's something I'm missing about picture books! I don't rep them. But as with querying in all genres, it should be about quality over quantity. Just be prepared to talk about your next ideas as well!
Tim Facciola @FacciolaTim@literallycait I know the “New Adult” stamp in any genre has struggled to be well marketed, but could you speak to the success of, let’s say the Red Rising trilogies, and how they’ve pulled both adult and YA audiences? Thank you!
"Crossover appeal." There's definitely an audience for it, and publishers have managed to market into that space quiet well with certain covers, blurbs, & campaigns. So it's a known phenomenon, just not crystallized into a specific category.
S.H. Marr @SH_Marr_Writes@literallycait any specific subgenres?
Space opera, primarily. And dystopian has been for a while--though we'll see if this crisis reinforces that or causes a resurgence...
Thereza Dos Santos @TherezaDSWrites@literallycait Hello Caitlin:
Do you feel there is interest out there for a Shakespeare retelling? I’ve got one ready and waiting. Contemp YA with elements of magic 💫 Thanks!
Sure, those tend to do well. Personally I'm tired of seeing Hamlet and R&J retellings and would love some of the comedies instead, but that's just me!
Kristi McManus 🛫 @kristimcmanus@literallycait How long should a writer wait on a response on a full before they assume it closed? I have 2 that have been out for 8 months, and nudged x 2 with no response
As much as I wish I could be faster, I've definitely taken longer than 8 months on fulls before, many times. I would say if it's been 12mo & there's been no response on nudges, sure: mark it CNR for your own sanity. But you might still receive a response somewhere down the line!
Teresa Palomar (a.k.a. Helena Handbasket) @TeresaPalomar1@literallycait Will you open to memoir again before I catch this virus?
I'm not likely to reopen to memoir anytime soon, I'm afraid!
✨ Elayna Mae Darcy 📝 @elaynamae@literallycait Any advice for folks querying a YA novel in verse? #askagent
I would suggest mentioning why you chose to write in verse/what it contributes to the story. I would also be sure to cite a successful novel-in-verse as a comp.
Francesca Tacchi @jackdaw_writes@literallycait Are agents open to represent people who don't live in America? Or is it a deterrent? (since they wouldn't be able to attend cons etc)
I'm not aware of any agencies that aren't! Our agency has plenty of clients who are not based in the US. It's never been a problem that I've heard of.
S.H. Marr @SH_Marr_Writes@literallycait Is Ya sci-fi really dead, or is it specific genres of sci-fi?
"YA sci-fi" is way too broad to ever be dead. I'd say specific subgenres, maybe, and I'd call it "in hibernation"--these things always come back around.
Joanne Machin #amquerying @heyjomachin@literallycait I’ve been super curious lately about what a day/week in the life of an agent is like! :)
It varies. Some days it is heavy reading & editorial, other days I'm negotiating contracts or on phone calls all day. Every day I'm fielding emails, boosting authors on social media, & tracking basic admin stuff.
sarah 👑 @sarahemasek@literallycait I know agents sometimes say they reject queries if they feel like they can't sell your book. If you have a book that isn't getting traction, but has been received well by those who've read it, is there a way to tell if the market is why and you should try again later on?
Try to get feedback on your query, such as at a conference--if market is a concern, that usually pings for agents at the query level & they should be able to express what in particular is the problem.
Marcie Price Jackson @MissMarciePants@literallycait @nearonis Thanks, Caitlin! I’m querying a contemporary YA mystery atm, but my next WIP is YA sci-fi. Should I be focusing on one genre to build a platform? Or plan to find an agent that reps both?
Since I assume you'll eventually want to publish both, you should look for an agent who reps both! They'll help advise you on where to focus first and how to build that career, but ultimately you'll want the same agent to be able to work with you across the board.
Joseph Hall/J. Aaron Hall @Jaaronhall@literallycait Do you feel writers can write about characters in settings inspired by cultures they aren't apart of if they research and practice due diligence? Whether made-up for the story or real?
It depends... but I would lean on the side of "no" if it is an underrepresented culture. The right to tell those stories should go first to the people live them.
Jeremy Peters @JPeters_Author@literallycait I can't get a sniff with a post-apocalyptic (not dystopian) sci-fi series. Is it the market, because I'm unpublished or both? If both, do I have any realistic chance or is it time to look more seriously at self-publishing? Thanks!
The majority of querying authors are unpublished! Post-apocalyptic is difficult rn, but keep at it. Meanwhile get yourself a good critique partner (or several) and make sure your ms and query are as polished as you can make them.
EddieLouise, is WiFiSciFi bound! @EddieLouise@literallycait @ajhackwith #AskAgent I am small press published and have an award-winning audio-fiction podcast. I also have 3 manuscripts (different genres) ready to query. How do I approach an agent to rep a diverse and flourishing career and help me decide next steps?
Ideally you want one agent who reps all the things you write & can handle your whole career, so first step is researching to find agents who cover that range. Then query with your best ms & a short bio of pub credentials. Don't try to pitch 3 ms at once; that convo is for later.
Anup 📝📚 @anuponthenet@literallycait On a full, usually how much of a book is read before deciding to continue reading or to stop and reject? Thanks.
TBH there's no one answer for this, it's different for every manuscript. I read as long as it holds my interest, I stop when I know it's not a good fit for me or my list. I do try to read at least 50 pages of each manuscript.
Paul Anthony @thatpaulanthony@literallycait thanks for the reply.
To delve further, would it be best approach a potential agent in a, 'I already have a publisher' way, or would it be best to query as normal?
Ideally you query before the offer comes in from a publisher; otherwise you're dealing with a very tight turnaround. If you do have an offer already in hand, be upfront in queries that you have an offer from a publisher but would like an agent to advocate for you and your career.
Christopher J.P. Brouse @BaronOfWings@literallycait At what point in that process would it be worth mentioning to the agent you're querying? Do you mention as soon as the publisher requests a partial/full or not until they have expressed interest in acquiring?
You can mention it; just a line at the end that it was requested and is under consideration by X publisher is sufficient.