Stephanie Winter

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

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.
Replying to @MissMarciePants

If you're getting those requests, that means you're on to something. It might be time to do another edit or lean into a writer critique group. It sounds like your query is doing its job. If you've lost your passion for the MS, that's when I'd shelve the MS for now. #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

Noreen @naziaso

@maureen_moretti @PSLiterary @AEAndersen_ @readbystephanie #AskPSLA follow up to this. What are you looking for (more editorial or a polished MS)? Thx!!
Replying to @naziaso

I'm always looking for your most polished MS! After I sign a client, we work on subsequent edits but we've discussed our mutual editorial vision beforehand. #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

Jenn Mecks @jomecki

Would you rather have a query with no comps or a query with weak comps?

Also, is it ok to offer writers (as long as they’re not brands to themselves like Neil Gaiman and JK Rowling) instead of title comps (ie, for fans of x and y)?
#askagent #askPSLA
Replying to @jomecki

I like creative comps! Going the author route works for me, but I want to see what part of their style you are comping (e.g the humor of x). Weak comps are a waste of your word count IMO. Again, specifying what part of the comp is similar (in the style of x) is🔑. #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

K. Belvedere @kbelvedere

#askPSLA Hi, agents! Thank you for answering these questions. I'm wondering what immediately puts you off a query letter or sample? Are these industry standards or personal peeves?

This is a tough one. I want to give every query a chance! If the word count is significantly too long or short, I am less likely to request. This one is more industry-related, as I'm looking for an author who knows their genre! #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

Vanessa @vanessaepeay

do you prefer for queries to have personalization or jump right into the pitch? #askPSLA
Replying to @vanessaepeay

Both! I'd love a line somewhere that briefly lets me know why you think I'd be a fit. Maybe you saw something on Twitter. I already know the genres I represent so the "I think we're a fit b/c you rep x genre" is less effective with me. 🙂 #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

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? 😆
Replying to @elishia_e

Like every industry, publishing is evolving daily in response to C19. I've seen pub dates pushed back, layoffs, cancelled tours, and more but it's hard to predict what the new landscape will look like. As long as it's tasteful/original, I'm looking forward to reading! #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

Kimberly Crow @KibbyTweets

If you love a MS, is there anything that would still make you pass on offering representation? #askPSLA
Replying to @KibbyTweets

If the agent and client don’t share the same vision for the book, that could complicate my decision to offer representation. We need to be able to work toward a goal, through editing, sub, and beyond. :) #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

👻 julie is busy being a horrible goose!! @thelibrawrian

@PSLiterary If someone is actively querying agents who seem to match well with project, how many outright rejections should they collect before looking into revising the query? I know there's no perfect answer, but more than 10? 15? #askPSLA
Replying to @thelibrawrian

Publishing is a hard business. It’s slow and there’s a LOT of rejection. If you’re confident your work is strong and you’ve done everything you can to improve the piece, keep querying. It just takes one agent. You’ll know when you’re done pitching the project. #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her. #readbystephanie
39 MSWL
24 AskAgent
1 Queries

Lynn(e) Schmidt @LynneSchmidt

Any suggestions on the best way to pitch/query a poetry collection? #askPSLA
Replying to @LynneSchmidt

My advice is do your research on which agents accept poetry! You can try other agents but you’re more likely to gain traction with someone specifically open to poetry. It’s a tough market to crack—as much as I love reading it, I currently don’t represent it. 🙂#askPSLA