Maria Vicente


literary agent at @psliterary (graphic novels! children’s books! cool nonfiction!) • made of coffee, books, and magic • ✉️: maria@psliterary .com • she/her

new brunswick, canada

P.S. Literary Agency

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

Lisa Katzenberger @FictionCity

@msmariavicente Hi Maria! What do you like to see in a chapter book submission package? Pitches for other potential books in the series, or a more fleshed out outline? Thanks!

Replying to @FictionCity

Just the query is fine at first, but then I’d probably ask to see the full manuscript, a full synopsis for that first book, and then a brief overview of series potential.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

SavannahⓂ️Whitemarsh @savannah_of_7

@msmariavicente I think I’ve been pitching my novel as YA when it’s maybe MG? I’m new at this, how do I tell for sure?

How old is the protagonist? What themes are present in the book? Is the content for middle graders or high schoolers?

Your best bet is to read recent YA and MG and compare your work to them. The differences should become clear.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

✨ avery marsh ✨ @Avery_Marsh

@msmariavicente At what point does a larger than normal word count become an auto reject? Asking for a friend... who is me.

I typically shy away from projects over 100k. But keep in mind, I work mostly in children’s books so the word count is shorter. It would have to be a very special YA novel for me to want to read 100k words of it.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente

Your query letter is your first (and sometimes only) impression. Spend time revising it. Make sure it’s as stunning as your actual project.…

Also (I’m cheating and giving two pieces of advice), agents are just as eager to find and connect with the right potential clients as you are to find the right representation. We need you and your work!

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

Erica Davis Secor @thedavisgirl

@msmariavicente What do you wish you had known about agenting BEFORE you became an agent?

That the day is often filled with negativity! Editors saying no to client projects, writers deciding to sign with other agents, having to deliver bad news to clients, sending out rejections to requested material... Some days are tough.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

S J Vinks Children’s Author @TJKfantasybooks

@msmariavicente If you have recommendation for your middle grade fantasy novel illustrations should you include in submission or wait till acceptance to discuss? Thank you.

That’s something you bring up later on. It’s not so important in a query letter.

FYI: it’s often the publisher that decides on an illustrator for a book, so be aware that you may not have a say in the matter.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

Cal Black @thatCalamity

@msmariavicente I know for regular prose to only query when you have a polished copy, are Graphic novels the same? It's much harder to find info on them for agent querying.

You should have a pitch package put together, as well as a polished sample chapter or two of the script (at least).

I’m going to write a longer blog post on querying graphic novels, because I agree that there isn’t as much info out there.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

Malik Turley @MalikTurley

@msmariavicente What factors do you think authors should consider to make the decision between self-pub and traditional?

You need to decide what success looks like for you as a published author. Can you achieve those things on your own? Do you have the skills and/or resources to tackle all the various publishing roles? Or do you need assistance?

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

Bailee @bailee_sg

@msmariavicente What do you think makes a story stand out enough to make its way past the “slush” pile?

It needs to bring something new to the table. When you read so many pitches, the stories all start to sound the same. I’m always looking for something I haven’t quite read about before.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · Jan 23

S J Vinks Children’s Author @TJKfantasybooks

@msmariavicente Is it more important to emphasis the hook or the plot in the submissions letter? Thank you so much. 😊

I want both! The hook is what grabs me right away (should only be a sentence or two), but after that I want the pitch to tell me about the actual plot.