Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
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Replying to @JoyRossDavis

Paranormal is a struggling genre at the moment in #SFF & #RomanceBooks. Check out this article that might help in recategorizing your manuscript called "Will Your Subgenre Prevent You From Being Published?" bit.ly/2kYyfMA #TMGTalks

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

Angela Inez @AngelaInez7

#TMGTalks
What is the difference between upmarket fiction and commercial fiction?
Replying to @AngelaInez7

Upmarket fiction is the marriage of literary & commercial fiction. Examples of such books I have worked on are @KateMoretti1's THE BLACKBIRD SEASON, @NB_Chris's TROPIC OF KANSAS, & @Bard_Queen's THE DRAGON'S LEGACY #TMGTalks

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips
Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips
Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

J. R. N. Martin @africanraingod

#TMGTalks What needs to go in a good query letter?
Replying to @africanraingod

A good query letter is a 1-2 sentence hook, followed by a couple of body paragraphs on the manuscript's story description, and last paragraph should be a 1-paragraph author bio, listing relevant writing experience and credentials. It should all fit on one page. #TMGTalks

Alex Slater
@abuckslater
Literary Agent
Literary agent @GreenburgerLit @GreenburgerKids . Black Lives Matter. he/him.
126 MSWL
32 AskAgent
55 Tips

J. R. N. Martin @africanraingod

#TMGTalks What needs to go in a good query letter?

Model your query letter off of the backcover copy of your favorite books. It should be succinct, alluring, and very easy to digest. Use attention-grabbing words. Read it aloud to find the flow. Tell us a story we'll beg to hear more of. #TMGTalks #querytip

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

Nancy Johnson @NancyJAuthor

Which books have you read this year that you wish you had represented? 😀#TMGTalks
Replying to @NancyJAuthor

So many good books I've read all though the years I wish I could have represented. Book from my pleasure reading this year include The Sand Warrior by @MarkSiegel, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, and Slade House by @david_mitchell #TMGTalks

Alex Slater
@abuckslater
Literary Agent
Literary agent @GreenburgerLit @GreenburgerKids . Black Lives Matter. he/him.
126 MSWL
32 AskAgent
55 Tips

Nancy Johnson @NancyJAuthor

Which books have you read this year that you wish you had represented? 😀#TMGTalks

I think the #MG debut SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by @jackcheng was one of the most beautiful books of the year. I highly recommend it as a study in structure. #TMGTalks

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips
Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

Dave Evangelista @daveten1

@Trident_Media Are agents looking for a particular kind of presence (social media, publication, etc.) from a potential debut novelist? Thank you. #TMGTalks
Replying to @daveten1

Quality writing first & foremost. Authors will become household names by extension. Awards, pieces in lit mags, advance praise, etc. can help show relevant writing experience, credentials, and a community built around authors, but platform means more to nonfiction #TMGTalks

Alex Slater
@abuckslater
Literary Agent
Literary agent @GreenburgerLit @GreenburgerKids . Black Lives Matter. he/him.
126 MSWL
32 AskAgent
55 Tips

Monica @ChessmoreMonica

#TMGTalks Is it true that chapter books are typically work-for-hire projects and therefore not pursued by most agents? Wondering if I should expand my CB manuscript into MG.

It's tough to make a general statement about a whole category of books, but I will say this - I don't typically seek out chapter books because of how rarely I hear editors asking for them. #MG on the otherhand, is very much in demand #TMGTalks

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

BrightFlame @BrtFlame

@SarahPhair @Mark_Gottlieb @cynthialamb Thanks, that was my q. (hook or not to lead a query) Some agents say get right into MC & plot and don't bother w a hook to begin your query. Any more advice on the "solid, fresh" part?
Replying to @BrtFlame

I'm more fond of beginning the query letter with the hook since we get so many emails a day and need to get to the point. So it's best to bring that important info to the forefront. Ultimately it's quality writing and the strength of the hook that will win the day. #TMGTalks

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

Kristi McManus @unrealismbooks

#TMGtalks do you feel online readership/popularity (e.g. wattpad, etc) is a benefit or hindrance when considering a project?
Replying to @unrealismbooks

Author platform & number of followers, etc. is more important to nonfiction than fiction. Though coming out of the self-pub sphere, 50K+ copies sold definitely helps. From there it's time to start a new series or standalone title with a publisher. #TMGTalks

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

Kristi McManus @unrealismbooks

#TMGTalks how long should an author wait before nudging a TMG agent who has their full? 🤔
Replying to @unrealismbooks

Every literary agent is different. To express my level of interest, I read as quickly as I can, within a few days to a week, sometimes overnight! I would say no more than a month or two, though. Any longer and he's just not that into you. #TMGTalks

Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips
Mark Gottlieb
@Mark_Gottlieb
Literary Agent
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent at the Trident Media Group literary agency in New York City. #tridentmediagroup @Trident_Media
29 MSWL
39 AskAgent
8 Tips

Cynthia Lamb @cynthialamb

#tmgtalks What kinds of fiction trends are you seeing? What are editors wanting to acquire? And how large are advances these days? ;-)
Replying to @cynthialamb

Upmarket fiction covering general fiction and mystery/crime. Bookstores will carry more of it. YA is on a bit of a haiatus. The average book advance changes depending on the genre and how much excitement there might be around a book so that's a moving target. #TMGTalks

Alex Slater
@abuckslater
Literary Agent
Literary agent @GreenburgerLit @GreenburgerKids . Black Lives Matter. he/him.
126 MSWL
32 AskAgent
55 Tips

Carrie Ann Matthews @misscarrie_ann

My story is written from two points of view, but 2:1, meaning, 10 chapters= protagonist, 5 chapters= antagonist, should I being mentioning that in my query? #TMGTalks #askagent
Replying to @misscarrie_ann

I don't think the ratio is as important as making clear what it is about these characters, and their story, that will stand out. Make that clear, and mention the multiple POVs, and keep it at that. #TMGTalks

Alex Slater
@abuckslater
Literary Agent
Literary agent @GreenburgerLit @GreenburgerKids . Black Lives Matter. he/him.
126 MSWL
32 AskAgent
55 Tips

Petula🇧🇧🇺🇸 @aluteprellim

I'm still new to crafting a synopsis and was curious, is it as important to agents as the query or are you more likely to forgive the format of a synopsis? #TMGTalks

Your synopsis should be succinct and broken down by Act, usually, but personally, yes - the query is more important. I won't ask for the synopsis unless that initial query letter strikes me. #TMGTalks

Alex Slater
@abuckslater
Literary Agent
Literary agent @GreenburgerLit @GreenburgerKids . Black Lives Matter. he/him.
126 MSWL
32 AskAgent
55 Tips