Stephanie Winter

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

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

L Currie @LCurrie48172079

How do I make sure my manuscript is polished before I query an agent? Would it be best to invest in hiring an editor? #askPSLA

Self-editing is the first step, in my opinion. Take a break from the work and come at it with fresh eyes (this might mean weeks or longer!). Explore free options like beta readers and writing groups--other writers who are also looking for another opinion. #askPSLA

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

Lacy - Host of That's ProbLITmatic Podcast @reachwriter

In your opinion, what makes writing "exceptional"?

#askPSLA

For me personally, if it is well-paced (the author knows how much to write and when to stop); if it is incisive; if the voices/characters are interesting/engrossing. #askPSLA

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

🔥(SL)Ashley McAnelly is revising🔥 @ashewriter

What are some books you've read recently you would love to see comped? #askPSLA

I love this question! Read these two, not recently, but would love to see Andrea Bartz's The Herd and Wicked + Divine (but YA or MG) comped. Or Can't Even by Anne Helen Petersen, too. #askPSLA

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

💫 K.E. Stanton 🦋 @kestanton1

What do agents mean when they say “I didn’t fall in love with it”?

#askPSLA

For me, it comes down to passion. You want an agent who is SO passionate about your project, they're going to work so hard to see it succeed. The agent should love your book--if they just like it, there's likely another agent out there who will love it. #askPSLA

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

Lisa Lark @lisa_lark

When querying a memoir in essarys, should I convey an average length? Some of mine are longer, some are quite short (listicle style, Top Ten lists). #askPSLA

For me personally, the main word count I look for is the overall proposed book length. If you are playing with form, a short line in the query sharing some of the styles you play with can be a way to pique my interest! #askPSLA

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

Jes Kingsley @JesKingsley

When you ask for a revision from an authour before considering offering representation, what usually signals you to offer or step aside once you receive the revision? #askPSLA

Usually I'll offer after an R&R if I LOVE the project, if the edits strengthened the work, if the work aligns with my list, if we have the same vision for the work, etc.

It's equally important for the author to find the right agent for them and their goals!! #askPSLA

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

plantin based natt @soonattgee

#askPSLA after submitting a query letter and additional materials for review, do agents respond with a courtesy, ‘No thanks’? How long before we should query again?

Every agency has different rules and standards. If you've been asked to submit pages (independent from an initial query), you'll receive either a personal or agency note from us to pass (or to talk more!). #askPSLA

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

Hannah Sharpe @hannahdsharpe2

Do you ever ask writers questions when you request a partial/full? Such as, if you think a revision could be beneficial, do you feel out the writer?
#askPSLA

Great question! If I'm excited about a work but want to see how the author edits, I'll get in touch with the author about possible revisions after I've read the full--sometimes this can mean a non-exclusive revise and resubmit. #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her.
39 MSWL
40 AskAgent
1 Queries
Stephanie Winter
@readbystephanie
Literary Agent
Associate Agent @PSLiterary . She/Her.
39 MSWL
40 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