maria vicente @msmariavicente@AliceArley Very rarely do I think a picture book manuscript can exist without art notes (even if minimal). The text should always leave room for the art to tell part of the story, and if you don't explain what's missing in the manuscript, then the reader won't understand the book. #askPSLA
Alice Arley 🐇🌹🍵 @AliceArleyI know that art notes are only to be used when absolutely necessary to understand a story in PB, but I have also seen some say no art notes ever, no matter what. Leave it to the reader and illustrator to decide. Do your agents or agency have an opinion on this? #askPSLA
Very rarely do I think a picture book manuscript can exist without art notes (even if minimal). The text should always leave room for the art to tell part of the story, and if you don't explain what's missing in the manuscript, then the reader won't understand the book. #askPSLA
Michael Lunsford @LunsfordMichaelWhy do so many MG agents automatically reject any MG book with an animal protagonist? (Hoping the answer isn’t just personal preference.) #askPSLA
maria vicente @msmariavicente@thatpurdywriter I wish the conflict wasn't always focused on what makes a "diverse" character "diverse." Ex: A YA book with a queer protagonist that doesn't focus on trauma associated with their sexual identity. Instead, the conflict is that they're being chased by a dinosaur. #askPSLA
Sarah Purdy @thatpurdywriter@msmariavicente Can you elaborate a little on joy in books? I want to read and write more joy! ^_^ But how can that co-exist with the relentless conflict required? #askPSLA
Kaliyah Martin @kaliyah_nicoleHi @msmariavicente and @maureen_moretti
What is something in either a query letter or the first few pages of a manuscript that immediately captures your attention and usually leads you to request more? #askPSLA
I mentioned this in an earlier response, but I'm always looking for a great writing style at the beginning of a manuscript. In a query, if your concept is something I truly haven't read before (many queries sound repetitive of one another), then I'll want to know more. #askPSLA
Ginger Ninja @engriffs#askPSLA at what age do you feel young adult cuts off/it's adult? I'm querying a manuscript with a 21 year old and a little unsure.
IR Garner @irgarner@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @msmariavicente My ms combines translations of great Russian 20th century writers and historical commentary about their roles at the Battle of Stalingrad. Do I pitch it as literature, non-fiction, or translation? Is it even trade publishable, or better in academia? #askPSLA
S. Beard @ABeardedScribeCan a MS be pitched as an age crossover? I see people pitching "Adult SF with potential for YA crossover" or "YA romance with potential for Adult crossover." I had assumed those would be New Adult, but some are saying that's "not pitchable."
Aaron Wyckoff @ajwyckoffIn comp titles for a query, would you rather have titles that are similar genre but maybe not writing style, or titles that are similar writing style from a different genre (having trouble finding any that meet both criteria) #askPSLA
Casey Mulligan Walsh @caseyhen1What is your preferred range for memoir word count from a first time author? #askPSLA
Aaron Wyckoff @ajwyckoffDo you have any unusual pet peeves when it comes to queries? (beyond the traditional things that most agents hate) Or any that seem to be coming up a lot recently? #askPSLA
Aaron Wyckoff @ajwyckoffWhat are you hoping to see more of in your inbox this year? #askPSLA
S. Beard @ABeardedScribeI've been seeing a lot of varying word count requirements for Urban Fantasy, lately. Is there a solid range––or even, "sweet spot"––word count for the genre? (so far, I'm seeing recommendations somewhere between 60-120k depending on source, which is a daunting spread😬)
zach. @whackyzach@PSLiterary @msmariavicente @maureen_moretti When would you encourage a client to use a pseudonym? Would it be necessary if someone wants to write disparate genres, i.e. graphic novels for adults and novels for middle grade? #askPSLA
Angela @AngieMCatI'd like to become a literary agent one day and I know that interning at a literary agency is the best way to get experience but are there any other ways/options available that could also give me the needed publishing experience? #askPSLA
Brie Edison Author @BrieEdison#askPSLA Is it okay to write a middle grade book in first person?
Clarissa Marques @byCMarquesWhat usually makes you interested in continuing reading something based on the first page? Are there any specific elements you like to see? #askPSLA
Melanie Doctors @MelanieDoctors@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @msmariavicente #askPSLA Hello there! I'm working on a new ms which I'd classify as a dark rom-com. Is there such a thing and if so, is there a market for it?