Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

Flo✴ho✴ho✴illustrator @Flo_illustrator

@mollykh Your profile says "closed to submissions." So I'm genuinely, respectfully curious how it works? So many agents and publishers say they don't accept new work.
Replying to @Flo_illustrator

I had to take a break to catch up on reading/editing client manuscripts and working through the mss. I'd already requested. I'm only closed for a couple of months, hoping to open back up in January. #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

heidi heilig @heidiheilig

I am such a one! #asktba twitter.com/mollykh/status…

I cite your query all the time! It was such a good one -- AND it felt very personal, like you'd done your research and had a reason for querying ME. Hard to pull off! #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

MAKAYLA SOPHIA @makayla_sophia

Can you see “dead” genres breaking out again? Such as YA paranormal or YA dystopia. #askTBA
Replying to @makayla_sophia

Trends go in cycles. Never say never but I wouldn't want to predict a time when YA PNR or dystopian fiction is all the rage again. #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

Shayna Grissom @ShaynaGrissom

I'll ask because I haven't seen it yet, #askTBA. What is your #MSWL at the moment?
Replying to @ShaynaGrissom

I'm closed to queries and hope to open in January and will post a MSWL then. Right now my wishlist is just to finish reading the full mss. I've requested! #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

RTing myself here: The 'slush pile' is all the queries that come in unsolicited/from strangers. The vast majority of my clients came to me via the slush pile. There's nothing wrong with being in it! #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

Sabina Lamarca @sabinalamarca

#askTBA Do you want comps to be in a certain time period (some want within 2 last years) or more prefer the tone of the book? Thanks for taking questions!
Replying to @sabinalamarca

A limit on time periods sounds silly to me. What if it's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE meets STAR WARS? Because even though I just thought of that, I'd totally read it. #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

Christina Beggs @Mrs_beggs

Ive had a few very kind rejections simply stating "just not for me". Is it to bold to ask for suggestions to make my next attempt stand out better? I would never expect a response, but I can't help but wonder. Also thank you to rejections, is that weird. #askTBA
Replying to @Mrs_beggs

I get the impulse to ask, I really do. But when I'm open to submissions, I get about 100 a week. I don't have time to give feedback to anyone unless I'm interested in seeing more work from them. I wish I did! But reading subs is only a tiny fraction of my job. #askTBA

Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent
Molly Ker Hawn
@mollykh
Literary Agent
Literary agent. American/British. Always curious. Submission guidelines at thebentagency.com/submission-gui…
11 MSWL
118 AskAgent

Alnaaze Nath👀 @alnaazenathoo

How do we feel about query letters with humour? Keep it serious or is it ok to let your personality shine through a bit? #askTBA
Replying to @alnaazenathoo

It depends. Are you funny? :-) I knew I would like @_becca_donnelly (and her writing) because her query made me laugh out loud. But if an agent doesn't 'get' your sense of humor, maybe they're not the right fit for you. #askTBA