Peter Wayne @peterwaynebooks@author_analieze is 84,000 words too much for a YA fantasy? If so, what's a good range? #askcla
That is on the higher end, but not something we'd outright reject for. #AskCLA
Kayla McGrath 📚 @KaylaMcGrath_@hannahvanvels How do you feel about morally gray and unlikeable characters (MC’s) who eventually grow to be better?
Kenny Rich @WriteKennyRich#AskCLA #amquerying #amwriting
With a previously rep'd MS from a decade ago, that has significantly changed and is a different book (shelved it for years), should I mention previous representation in a new round of queries? The previous relationship ended amicably long ago.
Great questions! Our query manager actually asks that question upon submission of your query, so we do like to know, but you don't need to expanded on the details unless we further discussion of rep. #AskCLA
Carolyn Clarke @CarolynRClarke@hannahvanvels I see you represent chicklit. For the aged lover of it, would you be interested in rep older MCs 45 and over? More of a family drama. Light hearted dramedy.
Alea Harper @alea_harper@hannahvanvels I've heard that superhero is a dead genre and won't sell. What are your thoughts on this? #askagent #askCLA
Also, are you taking pitches today like last week?
Hope you're doing well and staying safe!
Superheroes have been a harder sell lately and have been dominated by Marvel and DC, but Marie Lu is still going strong, for example! I am a firm believer that trends always come around. We're not taking pitches today, but we are all open to queries right now! #askagent #askCLA
Case&Firefly @CaseFirefly@hannahvanvels To do my YA SF story justice will take 125K. Better to query that, or break apart into satisfying character arcs of 60K, even though the story was conceived and written all at once? #AskAgent #CorvisieroLit
Laurie Smith Murphy @LSmithMurphy@hannahvanvels What do you look for in a first page/first chapter? I've been revising mine since an agent felt there was too much backstory. I have a hard time figuring out where a story begins. Thanks for any advice you can give!
Sylvia Woodham @SylviaWoodham@hannahvanvels I have speculative fiction/ alt history in a non magic world about a bi poly woman Sultan who is not "the chosen one" would it be of interest to you?
JohnPrather3 @JohnPrather3#AskCLA Had my ms professionally edited. Should I mention that in query? If so, can/should I quote some of their positive feedback? Thanks for doing this.
Many authors do this, but it isn't necessary. Let your writing to speak for itself;) #AskCLA
Genesis @GenesisDowney@hannahvanvels Is there a good "rule" for how long a chapter should be? My chapters are really long, but that's because they are made up of sub-chapters (it's a multi-pov story). Instead of sending 3 full chapters, I'm wondering if it's ok to just send the first 3 labeled sections.
Sylvia Woodham @SylviaWoodham@hannahvanvels What impresses you most about a prospective writer or his/ her voice?
Sandy M. Bachar @Sandy_M_Bachar@hannahvanvels Hello from Corona captivity. Having trouble nailing down if my manuscript is Mainstream Mystery or Supernatural. It is set in present day, with elements of witchcraft. Thanks!! #askagent