Molly Ker Hawn
Fulda Gap @FuldaGap@mollykh Thanks, I appreciate the information. I've found it hard to 'read' them sometimes. Obviously a rejection, but was never quite sure if they were putting anything else below the surface. As in, fix this in your work. But good to know it's essentially just a polite not for us.
Molly Ker Hawn @mollykh@lisaorchard1 @mushenska Nope. 160K words = nightmare to sell translation rights (German, e.g., adds another 25% to the word count) & retailers often complain that YA novels over 100K or so are too long to interest customers. For a debut, I wouldn't consider sending it out at that length. #askagent
Lisa Orchard @lisaorchard1@mollykh @mushenska Thank you. It is a dual POV so that's why it is so long. #askagent Would that make a difference?
Ben Summers-McKay @BenSumMc#AskAgent Is it seen as impolite/pushy to follow up on a submission if they don't acknowledge receipt or reply? How do you know your email arrived? Or should you assume rejection? Thanks!
Michelle Smith @Michell98408397#Askagent #julietpickering #julietmushens
Hi all, thanks for answering questions! I wondered if you think that there are enough climate change themed books in circulation and what a really good book for children on the subject would look like?
I've seen more and more deals for children's books (fiction and non-fiction) focusing on climate change, but it's hard to say what the best would look like. It boils down to: is the book really going engage young readers in the issue? It's up to the author to do that. #askagent
Jenny Ireland @IdreamofNarnia#askagent If an agent expressed interest in a MS and suggested edits which at the time ( due to illness) were not as good as they could have been. Would you be willing to look at an entirely re-edited version 6 months down the line?
Juliet Mushens @mushenska@lisaorchard1 160k is a long word count for an adult novel, let alone YA. My concerns would be about plotting and pacing over a novel of that length, and especially sustaining a teenage reader's interest #AskAgent
Caroline @carolinenwigg#AskAgent another question from me, sorry 😂
If I’m in the UK and know that a US agent is actively looking for a book in my genre/style (on their #mswl), is it wise to submit to them? Or should I just stick to the UK?
K_mcKerrington @K_McKerringtonWhat’s been the best book you read but hardest one you have ever sold? #Askagent #WritingCommunity
Georgia Roworth @GeorgiaRoWriterRoughly how long after sending an agent a full MS is it okay to follow up? Somewhere around 12 weeks? #AskAgent
Fulda Gap @FuldaGap#AskAgent How much can or should you read into rejection letters from agents? Get a lot of, couldn't connect emotionally, couldn't form a connection, doesn't resonate etc. Not sure if they're trying to tell me something or if it's just their way of politely saying no. Thanks
Beatrice Anobah @anobah_beatrice#askagent Hello...Does it really take 12 weeks etc. for agents to make offer of rep/ request a full MS if they really like the work? Thank u!
Phil Norris @pnorris14@mushenska @julietpickering #AskAgent any advice on agencies that consider unsolicited script work from someone with nothing filmed to date? There are some that do but they want you to have had something filmed. Finding it impossible to attract an agents attention.
Amara Cavahlo @nerdnothuman@mushenska @julietpickering If a manuscript were to be labelled as YA but the protagonist began it at 13/14 years old (aging up to 16/17 by the end), is that an immediate red flag?
Carol Lucas @callydcfc#AskAgent if you've enjoyed a book by one of the agent's clients, can you put that in the query letter?
Varsha Seshan @VarshaSeshan@mushenska @julietpickering Hello! Would you say that agents typically prefer to represent authors from their own countries/geographical locations?
Mark Atley @mark_atley@mushenska @julietpickering Does it look bad upon an author if they have been previously indie-published or self-published and didn’t sell well? #AskAgent
Lisa Ellwood @LisaEllwood@mushenska @julietpickering Are there any really good books/guides/free courses that detail how to successfully plan and write a series? #AskAgent
Annabel Tellis @AnnabelTellis#askagent Is it worth self publishing a MG series to have a sales record for extra recognition from agents?
MG doesn't lend itself to self-pub success the way adult crime/romance/sff does. And unless your sales numbers are well into the 10s of thousands, it wouldn't move the needle for me. If you want to publish traditionally, focus on writing/submitting the best book you can #askagent