Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Mar 30

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.

Keep going!

There are lots of stories about authors who queried 100+ agents. Just make sure you're sticking to agents who feel right for you.

It can be tempting to pitch EVERYONE, but remember. An agent who isn't a good fit for you, is worse than having no agent. #askPSLA

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Mar 30

Daniel M. Clark @danielmclark

#askPSLA how important is it for an author to have a life story. I mean, does it matter that I haven’t held any excited jobs, or that I’ve never, you know, killed a guy? Is a rather dull or average life a roadblock in publishing or author marketing?

ROFL. It's not important. So many of the debut authors I've signed had bios in their query letters like "worked as a lawyer for fishermen" and "I have a corgi and like hockey."

And honestly, that stuff IS exciting and interesting to me. Life exists outside books! #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter @readbystephanie · Mar 30

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

Maureen Moretti @maureen_moretti · Mar 30

Darian @ 📝 @DMRudderham

What is your advice to someone looking to get into the publishing industry? #askPSLA

Replying to @DMRudderham

Do a lot of research, do some internships, get some hands on experience for what this job is. It's not for everyone and that's perfectly ok! #askPSLA

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Mar 30

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

Replying to @fdonlanVCB

I think so. I've sold a few.

If you're worried about establishing that platform, it is never ever too late. Publishing articles and essays on whatever you're writing about, should be a very welcome challenge.

After-all, you wrote a memoir about this! :-) #askPSLA

Maureen Moretti @maureen_moretti · Mar 30

Sarah LeFebvre @snlefebvre

#askPSLA Do you have advice for someone pursuing the life of a literary agent? Any tips for finding/applying to agency internships or other entry positions?

Replying to @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

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks · Mar 30

Jenn Mecks @jomecki

What’s the number one factor in a query letter that just kills a query for you? #askPSLA #askagent

When the query starts with "Dear @ErikHane." I get it, we have the same name, but I'm-

Okay no, but really, it's just a story that I'm not interested in. I've signed plenty of authors with queries that weren't perfect.

The story is what matters. Also don't be racist. #askPSLA

Stephanie Winter @readbystephanie · Mar 30

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

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