Daniel M. Clark @danielmclark#askPSLA and my last question is… how important is it, really, for authors to be on twitter? I tend to leave the platform for years at a time because I really don’t like it. If I have to keep it up for the sake of a career, I’ll do it, but I’d rather not lol
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.
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
Ayesha Farhat @farhatayesha#askPSLA would a wordcount of 75k for literary fiction put an agent off? I'm writing around a South Asian/ Muslim theme. Is that interesting for your agency?
Maureen Moretti @maureen_moretti@snlefebvre Publisher's Marketplace's free website lists internships, as well as bookjobs.com. There are a number of programs, including Columbia, NYU and Pace that offer publishing certificates to learn more. #askPSLA
Also try twitter and social media searches. Some companies/agencies will share postings there too. #askPSLA
Brandy meinhardt @MeinhardtBrandyIn terms of sensitivity readers, is it important if any characters are of a marginalized community? My MC witnesses members of her family commit a hate crime towards a married gay couple. Wondering if I should get SR? #askPSLA
Noreen @naziaso@maureen_moretti @PSLiterary @AEAndersen_ @readbystephanie #AskPSLA follow up to this. What are you looking for (more editorial or a polished MS)? Thx!!
Jenn Mecks @jomeckiWould 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)?
Noreen @naziaso@readbystephanie #askPSLA if you liked my pitch during a pitch event is it okay to submit to you after revisions? Do I mention the pitch event even though it was a couple months ago?
Francesca Donlan @fdonlanVCB@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @ericsmithrocks @readbystephanie Thank you for sharing your time. Are memoirs still viable in the industry - when you are not famous and don’t have a big following but a good story. #askagent #askpsla
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
Angie Hawkins @th_littlebirdie#askPSLA Are all manuscript requests followed up with a reply, or is a no-response considered a “No” from the agency?
Vanessa @vanessaepeaydo you prefer for queries to have personalization or jump right into the pitch? #askPSLA
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? 😆
Daniel M. Clark @danielmclark#askPSLA is there room for optimism in sci-fi/fantasy? After a long stretch of grim n’ gritty, are agents looking for optimistic queries?
Samantha Kolber @SamanthaKolber@PSLiterary @maureen_moretti @readbystephanie I was recently turned down for rep. because my Picture Book was deemed "too quiet" for a breakout author, even tho the agent LOVED it. What kind of book should I be submitting as a breakout author? #askPSLA
Kimberly Crow @KibbyTweets@readbystephanie So, you would have this conversation after reading the MS and before offering rep?
Dan Martin @DanOnceWroteIf a word count was over 150,000 would you still read the sample? #askPSLA
Kimberly Crow @KibbyTweetsIf you love a MS, is there anything that would still make you pass on offering representation? #askPSLA
👻 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
Lynn(e) Schmidt @LynneSchmidtAny suggestions on the best way to pitch/query a poetry collection? #askPSLA