Kelly L. Swan Taylor @KellisLST@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @ericsmithrocks @readbystephanie Any thoughts on submitting another manuscript to the same agent. I guess I wonder if my writing/voice doesn't connect once, that's just how it is, no matter the story. #AskPSLA
That's usually fine! Writing is practice and often a voice becomes more prominent the longer one does it. Shoot your shot! #askPSLA
Luna🌑 @remappedsoul@maureen_moretti @PSLiterary thank you so much for the answer! 😊also, the agents accept submission even if the writers come from a non-English speaking country? of course, their English must be impeccable.
Typically yes! #askPSLA
Daniel M. Clark @danielmclark#askPSLA and my last question is… how important is it, really, for authors to be on twitter? I tend to leave the platform for years at a time because I really don’t like it. If I have to keep it up for the sake of a career, I’ll do it, but I’d rather not lol
A website is a valuable tool for all authors. With fiction if you're querying a twitter isn't important. You may want to develop a presence to help market your book. #askPSLA
Marcie Price Jackson @MissMarciePants#askPSLA thanks for answering Qs today! I’m wondering, at what point do you shelve your MS? I’ve read various numbers- 10 queries, 50, etc.? I’ve had several full and partial requests, but haven’t found “the one” yet.
When you decide you want to move on. There's no hard and fast number, but if you're getting query fatigue, working on the next book might be the thing to remind you why you're doing it. #askPSLA
Daniel M. Clark @danielmclark#askPSLA how important is it for an author to have a life story. I mean, does it matter that I haven’t held any excited jobs, or that I’ve never, you know, killed a guy? Is a rather dull or average life a roadblock in publishing or author marketing?
It's not important at all, unless you're writing a memoir or pitching non-fiction in a space with which you have no experience. But in fiction a bio of "I live in Vermont with my three dogs and a dragon" is perfectly fine. #askPSLA
Ayesha Farhat @farhatayesha#askPSLA would a wordcount of 75k for literary fiction put an agent off? I'm writing around a South Asian/ Muslim theme. Is that interesting for your agency?
Definitely not. Literary fiction is a genre with a very wide ranging word count. I'm definitely interested! #askPSLA
Darian @ 📝 @DMRudderhamWhat is your advice to someone looking to get into the publishing industry? #askPSLA
Do a lot of research, do some internships, get some hands on experience for what this job is. It's not for everyone and that's perfectly ok! #askPSLA
Sarah LeFebvre @snlefebvre#askPSLA Do you have advice for someone pursuing the life of a literary agent? Any tips for finding/applying to agency internships or other entry positions?
Publisher's Marketplace's free website lists internships, as well as bookjobs.com. There are a number of programs, including Columbia, NYU and Pace that offer publishing certificates to learn more. #askPSLA
Luna🌑 @remappedsoulDo you have to live in the USA or UK to send your stories to literary agents or publish a book there? do they accept international submissions as long as the book is in English? thank you😊 #askPSLA
Most agents do accept international submissions! It can't hurt to query! You don't have to live in the US or UK. I know plenty of US authors with UK agents and vice versa. #askPSLA
Angie Hawkins @th_littlebirdie#askPSLA What is your take on unagented authors submitting to publishers while also pursuing the agent search? For example; if the opportunity came about through a summit or conference.
It's tough to get involved in a deal that's already in the works, however if no deal points have been discussed or contract signed it's not impossible. Ultimately I would research both avenues and see which you feel is the best for your work. #askPSLA
Jenn Mecks @jomeckiWhat’s the number one factor in a query letter that just kills a query for you? #askPSLA #askagent
Apart from bigotry, if I don't feel invested in the plot or characters I probably won't request. #askPSLA
Angie Hawkins @th_littlebirdie#askPSLA Are all manuscript requests followed up with a reply, or is a no-response considered a “No” from the agency?
For PS we respond to all requested manuscripts. Every agent and agency is different though they usually spell it out in their guidelines on their website #askPSLA
Alex Andersen @AEAndersen_How much is usually added or taken out in the editing process once a book is acquired? #AskPSLA
It really depends on the book and the market. Also the agent. Some agents are looking for really clean, polished books ready to be sent out, others are more editorial and may go through a few rounds before sending it out on submission. #askPSLA
Ashley Jean @missashleyjean#askPSLA Is it frowned upon to nudge an agent with an updated ms if they have not responded to the initial full request?
I would check their submission guidelines to see how long they typically take to respond. In my particular case, due to the way my inbox is, nudges on a request will move it further down the queue as it will show up as received sooner. Something to consider! #askPSLA
J. Z. Pitts @jzpittsMaybe a dumb question, but do you generally trash manuscripts that have had no professional editing services performed on it before being submitted to you?#askPSLA
Absolutely not. While a lot of writers find professional editing services to be a great help, there's nothing wrong with a critique group or close friends. #askPSLA
Jael R. Bakari @jaelrbakariAww snap I've been waiting for this. Ok first question: should a standalone book in a potential series be pitched as a series or should it just be the initial book? #askPSLA
You can always let us know it has series potential but we're going to be signing based on book 1 so keep that in mind! Thanks for being here with us! #askPSLA
Elishia @elishia_e#askPSLA #askagent How do you think publishing is being affected by Covid-19? Do you think acquisitions will slow down? Also... are you pumped or dreading all the post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction that’s about to flood your inboxes? 😆
We haven't yet seen a slow down in acquistions, I'm hoping people continue to buy books and support independent bookstores however they can. On the second question... I'm all set with dystopian everything at the moment, my bodega is closed now. 😂😭 #askPSLA
lyns writes 68K words ✍🏻 @itslynseyjI'm fast approaching the end of my first draft (yay!), and I know I'll be a tad short of the recommended word count. I expect revisions to fix that, but in case I still was shy of the mark, how important is it to have the right word count when querying? #askPSLA #askagent
Congratulations! Word count is a tricky beast, as long as it's not too short (20,000 words for an adult Women's Fiction would be very very short) and there's something to work with editorially, I think it's perfectly fine. #askPSLA
Noreen @naziaso@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @ericsmithrocks @readbystephanie #askPSLA When querying is it okay to say women’s Fiction with romance as a central theme? I’m think Ayesha At Last as a comp...
Of course! Genre is descriptive, not prescriptive and the lines between romance and women's fiction grow blurrier by the minute. #askPSLA