Saundra Jones @saundrasstudio1@marchsoloway Oh no 🤦♀️ I probably should’ve mentioned in my query that I have PBs upon request.
Don't worry. If I'm interested in seeing more work, I always ask. #okscbwichat
Mary Miller @Daizylublue@marchsoloway @mjwalvoord2 I can’t tell you much this ease’s an author’s mind. It’s devastating to hit send and see you’ve messed something simple up because of nerves!
I want to relieve you of submission angst. With me, please don't worry. We all make small mistakes (especially in Tweets). What I care most about is the writing. #okscbwichat
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf#okscbwichat What is the worst trope for you, personally, to read?
Sorry, missed this question earlier. I enjoy the author presents a new fun twist on a trope. If I had to admit to a pet peeve, it's overheard conversation--which is a passive way to gain information (and covey info to the reader), and it feels contrived to me. #okscbwichat
Stephanie Williams @StephanieBoyerEnjoying the chat so far! @marchsoloway are you interested in seasonal/holiday PBs? #Okscbwichat
Sorry, missed this question earlier. Yes, I'd love to see seasonal/holiday PBs, especially if you have a fun new twist in your story. #okscbwichat
Hannah Tuohy @hannahlollman@marchsoloway Could you name some of your favorite classic picture books? #okscbwichat
Sorry, missed this question earlier. One of my favorites is HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON, and I think WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is masterful. #okscbwichat
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf#okscbwichat What is the best time to submit a new ms - when you first open to submissions or further down the timeline? Do you read everything as soon as you get it in order, or do you pick and choose by whim and fancy of the day? Do you read, or do you have an asst read 1st?
Sorry, missed this question earlier. You can submit to me anytime. My box is always open, and I read every day looking for the next big thing. It might be yours. Please consider querying me. P.S. No assistant. I read everything personally. #okscbwichat
Anika A Wolf @anikaandthewolfHi Jennifer! Are you open to representing an author illustrator who does graphic novels in addition to PBs? And what are your thoughts on writing and illustrating across age categories and different formats? Thank you! 😊
Sorry, missed this question earlier. Yes, I would love to find author/illustrators who do both graphic novels and PBs. A range of projects is great. Please consider querying me. #okscbwichat
Sturgell Illustration @SturgellDraws@marchsoloway When you get a submission from an author/illustrator with a book dummy, do you read the ms first or go straight to the dummy? #okscbwichat
Sorry, missed this question earlier. Honestly, I go straight to the dummy. I'm a big fan of illustrated stories, and I love to see how the author/illustrator uses both words and art to convey story. #okscbwichat
Jennifer Burns @MsJenniferBurns@marchsoloway I've heard that agents don't consider representing previously self-published authors. Any truth to that? Obviously if the author wrote a bestseller but ignoring the outliers. #okscbwichat
Sorry, missed this question earlier. It depends on the author and their new project. If the new project is fabulous, then I would strongly consider offering rep. #okscbwichat
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf#okscbwichat When reading manuscripts do you have a fave snack or place to go to read (do you leave the house or stay in? Coffee or tea (mine is hot cocoa no matter the time of year)? socks or slippers? Pandas or Otters? Which HP house? Are you coming to Nashville any time soon?
I forgot to answer about Nashville earlier. Right now, I have no plans, but I'd love to go to Tennessee. If @SCBWIMidSouth invited me, I would be honored to present at their regional conference. #okscbwichat
Hannah Tuohy @hannahlollman@marchsoloway Could you describe your editing process and how you approach revision with clients you’ve already taken on? #okscbwichat
Sorry, missed this question earlier. I read and give notes to my clients, and then we usually discuss my suggestions on the phone. My goal is to best support my clients editorially in the way they need most at each stage of revision. #okscbwichat
Lisa Katzenberger @FictionCityHi Jennifer! I write picture books and chapter books. When querying, would it be helpful to mention this, or just stick to one format? #okscbwichat
Sorry, missed this question earlier. Yes, please mention all categories you wish me to eventually represent. But also, I will ask if I'm interested in offering representation. #okscbwichat
Amy Hillman Writes 🌿 @ArHillman@marchsoloway @RachelRosentha5 If you are requeried with revisions, would you want the changes noted somewhere in the query/synopsis or just a mention that the ms has been revised? #okscbwichat
Sorry, I missed this question earlier. Please mention that the project has been significantly revised. I read and keep every submission, and I will know what has been revised. Great revisions excite me, especially if my notes inspired the writer to elevate the story. #okscbwichat
Megan Walvoord @mjwalvoord2@marchsoloway What are things you look for in a query letter? #okscbwichat
Sorry I missed this question earlier. I like to see a well-written pitch with a great hook, a brief bio with info relevant to the project and writing, and a few comps to show where the project might fit in the market--followed by a fabulous writing sample. #okscbwichat
Doug Solter @DougSolter@litbeing @marchsoloway @NealShusterman Loved the first book in the Scythe series. Can't wait to read number two. #okscbwichat
I think it's even better than book one. And I cannot wait for the final SCYTHE book! #okscbwichat
Colleen Dougherty @ColleenDoughrty@litbeing @marchsoloway #okscbwichat How long does it typically take a picture book to hit the shelves after it has been sold? Thank you both for doing this tonight! Appreciate you taking the time!
It depends on many factors, like finding an illustrator, etc., but if all goes to plan, about two years from the time we close a deal. #okscbwichat
Susan Burdorf @sburdorf#okscbwichat @marchsoloway When I finish a book I am usually knee deep in my next by the time I query and begin getting answers back. Should I mention the next book in the query even if it is not the same series, but is the same genre i.e. YA Fantasy
You can mention it in a quick line without too much detail. #okscbwichat
Valerie Lawson @litbeing@marchsoloway What are you currently reading or what book have you read recently that you absolutely loved? #okscbwichat
Well, I read HEY KIDDO last week, which I loved. I also read LOOKER, by Laura Sims and THE NEED, by Helen Phillips (adult projects) & loved the writing in both. I'm especially in love with the SCYTHE series by @NealShusterman. He's a master at the top of his craft! #okscbwichat
Megan Walvoord @mjwalvoord2@marchsoloway What are some things that make you stop reading a query letter? #okscbwichat
Rudeness, I suppose. Or something hateful. But if you mean typos, I'm forgiving. Soloway is a tough name. It sounds like it should be spelled with an "a" or double l's. #okscbwichat