Lynn Rogalsky 💻 @lynn_rogFor a NF picture book do you like to see sidebars, or prefer the information be put into back matter? Do NF PBs still run between 500-2,000 words?
Yes, that's the word count range. I prefer on the shorter end of that spectrum. Backmatter is less distracting, though I'd say that either if fine as long as it suits the material. #AskUpstart
Susan Hawk @susanhawk@LVanBrakle I've reached out to folks (though I believe I found an email address, so didn't DM or use social media). I send a note that's very specific about why I'm reaching out and what drew me to their work. In addition, I give a bit of my background and links to more info. #AskUpstart
So, no I don't think it's abnormal - but you do want to get plenty of info about whoever it is. Is this what you mean? #AskUpstart
Khadijah L. VanBrakle 🇨🇦 @LVanBrakleHave you ever asked an author to query you over social media? Just out of the blue. Someone you've never met in person. If that happens, should the author think its abnormal? #askupstart
I've reached out to folks (though I believe I found an email address, so didn't DM or use social media). I send a note that's very specific about why I'm reaching out and what drew me to their work. In addition, I give a bit of my background and links to more info. #AskUpstart
Elizabeth Toth (Stoever) @Stoeverit#AskUpstart What are the most common types (or examples) of revisions you do with debut authors? Pacing, char development, improving the ending? Thx!
It really depends on the project and the writer! I think you want an agent who has lots of tools in her toolbag and knows when to use each of them. #AskUpstart
Lynn Rogalsky 💻 @lynn_rog#AskUpstart I'm wondering what the limit is on the number of illustrator notes a writer can tactfully include in their manuscript? One to three notes per MS?
I don't think there's a specific number. Certain manuscripts require more, some barely need any -- it just depends. That said, don't leave one in just in case. If you can take it out without making the ms confusing, do so. #AskUpstart
Adam Blackman @Adamdbgood#AskUpstart If a pitch is liked during a Twitter event, when should one submit a query? That day? Within the week? Does it matter as long as the *heart* is referenced in the query letter? (Thanks for offering this Q&A!)
The latter! Don't rush to send the project if it isn't polished yet. Send it when it's as ready as you can make it. #askUpstart
Lynn Rogalsky 💻 @lynn_rog#AskUpstart @susanhawk : Your bio says you’re looking for "some" nonfiction for children. What type of nonfiction are you looking to find from a writer?
I'm open to NF in any category for teens or children. I'd love to see NF in graphic novel form. I really want subjects and themes that haven't already been written about multiple times. I'm especially looking for diverse subjects and creators here. #AskUpstart
Cara Liebowitz @spazgirl11If you're unclear on the feedback an agent offers on your full, is it appropriate to email back and ask for clarification? I often find when agents offer feedback I'm not entirely sure what they mean. #askupstart
Fine to email back and ask. That said, I often can't answer, due to the number of queries I receive. If I'm not offering rep, I probably need to move on. But, I don't think it's a no-no to ask. #askUpstart
Stearnzie @mikalroy@susanhawk @PJMcIlvaine Susan actually lines up all the submissions on her desk like chocolates, starting each one with a soft, “Ooooh!” It’s both impressive and slightly concerning. #askupstart
As I always aim to be. #AskUpstart
Lynn Rogalsky 💻 @lynn_rog#AskUpstart I’ve been told to never call an agent. Yet a published author told me it’s okay to call if you get an offer/book deal from an editor. Then it’s okay to call the agent and ask for representation. Do you agree?
I'd say that this depends on the agent. I'd rather you email and tell me first, so that we can set up time for a call. #AskUpstart
Stephanie Salkin @StephanieSalkinIs sophisticated language okay in middle grade novels? #AskUpstart
So hard to say without knowing specifics! but I don't think there's any problem with it, depending on what it is and what your story is about. #AskUpstart
Stephanie Salkin @StephanieSalkinWhat do you think of "quiet" novels? How do you define "quiet?" #AskUpstart
"Quiet" isn't really defined in one way, that's in the reader's response. I do want to feel deeply connected, and pulled into a story. For me, something too quiet would fail to do that. #askUpstart